Lucasfilm cut ties with former “The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano after a recent round of social media posts, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. Her exit came hours after the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trended nationally in response to one of Carano’s recent social media posts, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Carano had shared an Instagram photo post on her Instagram story that compared Jewish people being attacked in the streets during the Nazi Germany era to how people are treated today because of their political beliefs, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
- The photo was deleted from Carano’s Instagram story on that day. Still, screenshots of the message circulated on social media.
The Hollywood Reporter has a new behind-the-scenes report about what happened between Carano and Lucasfilm. It’s definitely worth a read so check it out. But here are some of the quick takeaways from the article:
- Carano made $25,000 to $50,000 per episode of “The Mandalorian.”
- Carano was meant to be a featured actress in future “Star Wars” projects. There seems to be some dispute about whether she was going to appear during presentations of future projects, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- Carano had been warned by Lucasfilm multiple times about her social media before her exit, according to the report.
What about the future?
I wrote extensively about how Carano’s exit doesn’t mean Cara Dune could be gone from the “Star Wars” universe. The character could appear down the road in an animated series, which has been the case with previous “Star Wars” characters. She could show up in novels, comics books and other works of art.
- Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that Cara Dune could be recast in the future. However, a Lucasfilm source told THR that the recasting isn’t expected.
- “The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true,” she said in a statement, according to Deadline. “I cried out and my prayer was answered. I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob. I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”