Back in February, Gina Carano was fired from Disney. She was fired from her role in The Mandalorian as Cara Dune over her social media posts. One that really struck a nerve for people was Carano comparing being a Republican today is like being Jewish during Nazi rule. This is why I hate politics. Do people not think before they type? I felt like both sides should choose their words wisely, Carano included. When you have a job with a company, you are one of the faces of that company. I tell my son when he walks out of the house, he represents the family and his actions can affect how people see us. I don’t blame Disney for firing her since she didn’t want to put out an apology. Although, I do feel bad for the loss of potential work for Lucy Lawless with Star Wars.
A statement from Lucasfilm:
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.
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When the news of Carano being canned came out, fans came up with their theories on who could replace Carano. Lucy Lawless came up as a possibility for fans and it would have been a great fit. Lawless is known for her badass roles in projects like Xena: Warrior Princess, Ash vs Evil Dead, and Battlestar Galactica. Lawless shared with Metro.co.uk that at the time, she was having discussions about being cast in another Star Wars project:
Well to be honest with you, I was already in discussions about something on – it wasn’t The Mandalorian – something Star Wars-affiliated. It might have hurt me in some way, because then they couldn’t hire me because it would seem to be pandering to… I’m just guessing here, I don’t know anything, but in some ways, it can be unhelpful, because if they pander to this fan group, then how are you going to pander to every other fan group, do you know what I mean?
Lawless also shared how fan casting would make her look:
I became political and I had nothing to do with the discussion. But that’s the way the world is and they meant it out of love, and I thank the fans for their fealty to me. I haven’t thought about that since, so it hasn’t given me any pain, but that was my thought at the time, like, ooh, this makes me look like a political appointment, and not an actress.
She wasn’t involved in this drama, but it sucked her in anyway. I’m glad she’s not upset by it and I wish her career the best.
What are your thoughts on fan casting hurting Lucy Lawless’ Star Wars prospects? Let me know in the comments.