Gina Carano, ex-wrestler and actress who played Cara Dune in both seasons of The Mandalorian – 91% were fired by Lucasfilm in February 2021, after having spent a lot of time making controversial posts on social networks; Among the best known were those who denied the Covid-19 pandemic, those who said that masks were harmful and those who made fun of vaccines against the disease. The straw that broke the camel’s back was where he compared himself to the Jews persecuted during WWII in Germany.
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Following her dismissal, fans began asking Lucy Lawless to replace Carano in the role of Cara Dune. Lawless is known for her starring role in Xena, The Warrior Princess, but it has also appeared in series such as Spartacus: Vengeance, Parks and Recreation, Agents of SHIELD – 100%, and most recently, My Life Is Murder. However, it appears that fan requests backfired and led to her not getting a role in Star Wars that she was already in talks for.
In a recent interview with Metro (via Uproxx), the actress spoke about fan requests for her to join The Mandalorian like Cara Dune, instead of Gina Carano. These were his words:
Maybe they have hurt me [las peticiones] somehow, because then they couldn’t hire me because it would seem like it was to please … I’m just assuming, I don’t know anything, but somehow, it can be negative, because if they please this group of fans then how do you go to please all the other fan groups? You know what I mean?
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According to Uproxx, Lawless would have been in talks for a role in Star Wars, but Carano’s firing and fan requests could make it appear that she was being hired for “political” reasons, rather than on her merits as an actress. Despite this, she says she doesn’t hold a grudge against the fans who wanted her to replace Carano, instead she thanks them for their appreciation.
Star Wars is a franchise that may still appeal to its fans, as evidenced by the recent anime anthology Star Wars: Visions – 100%, but the reality is that in the hands of Disney there have been controversies over the way the company handled the main saga. In 2015 with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 92%, there was a lot of joy and fans were excited for the future, the movie became the highest grossing in America and it is a position that no other has taken away.
The problems began to become obvious when Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 91% were harshly criticized by the fandom. The film did not fail at the box office, but it was despised by a large part of the fans, who relieved themselves by cyberbullying actors John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran mainly. Months later, the second spin-off of the franchise, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story – 56%, was released, which failed at the box office, unlike the first spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 85%, which grossed more than $ 1 billion at the box office.
Episode IX had a very difficult task to accomplish, and it failed. Even though the fans were much less angry than with The Last Jedi, the film did not convince the majority and its collection was even lower than that of episode VIII. In this scenario, many might think that everything was lost for Star Wars, but no, the series The Mandalorian, released on Disney Plus, was applauded by critics and audiences, and now all fans of this fantastic science fiction universe are looking forward to future series by Ahsoka Tano, Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi, among many others. Perhaps in a future production, Lawless will have the opportunity that he lost months ago.
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