Hera Syndulla could be making her live-action debut in Rangers of the New Republic!
It has been an interesting couple of months for Lucasfilm and The Mandalorian franchise. At the Investor Day presentation, Kathleen Kennedy unveiled a long list of Star Wars projects in the works. One of the most interesting developments from that presentation was the lack of information about the spinoff series Rangers of the New Republic. Most assumed that this series was lined up for Gina Carano’s character “Cara Dune” to be the lead of the show. After some unfortunate events involving social media that lead to Carano’s ouster from Lucasfilm we have seen the last of Cara Dune.
Some outlets speculated that the character would be recast with some fans calling for Lucy Lawless to take over. It was later confirmed by THR that Carano’s character would not be recast. The question now comes, who will take over as the lead for Rangers of the New Republic?
LRM‘s source over at Lucasfilm has told us that creatives are looking to bring in Hera Syndulla as the bridge to connect the show to The Mandalorian universe. Production of Rangers is still a while away. However, the issue creatives are running into is finding time to introduce a new character and connect to the Mandoverse. Hera was first introduced in the animated Star Wars Rebels show as a pilot of the Ghost and an early leader in the Rebellion. Her character has also been included with a brief mention in the movie Rogue One and in the video game campaign of Squadrons.
At the time of Return Of The Jedi Hera has achieved the rank of captain and has been a part of multiple iconic Star Wars battles. The inclusion of Hera Syndulla in Rangers of the New Republic reduces the time for a backstory and allows the show to focus on newer characters.
What do you think, would it be a good idea to bring Hera in to replace Cara Dune? Let us know in the comment section below. Hera is a 100% fan favorite character from Rebels. Therefore it makes sense if Hera, and her Son, come into the live action shows.
As with all early information, things can change. However bear in mind LRM‘s source has always come through in the past. It seems a good bet Lucasfilm will be casting for a live-action Hera in the not too distant future.