Executive Producers of The Mandalorian Expose How Gina Carano’s Exit Influenced Season 3
Published on March 1st, 2023 | Updated on March 1st, 2023 | By FanFest
Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa have discussed the significance of Cara Dune in The Mandalorian, as well as their plans to keep her presence alive despite Gina Carano‘s exit from the show.
“Cara was a big part and continues as a character to be part of the world. It had to be addressed in the creative, and [Jon Favreau] took the time to think about that,” said Famuyiwa, who directed Episodes 1, 7, and 8 of the upcoming third season of The Mandalorian in an interview with Deadline.
“It was something that was discussed as we knew it was going to have impact on the show, but at the same time, what has been at the heart of the show are the two characters — Din Djarin and Grogu — so ultimately it felt like a servicing of that, and around the Mandalorians.”
Executive producer Dave Filoni placed a high emphasis on how vital Dune is to the evolution of Pedro Pascal‘s Din Djarin, yet was sure to mention that there are many other characters demanding their own moments in The Mandalorian.
“Now Season 3 is mainly dealing with Mandalorians and the Mandalorian saga, the Mandalorian tale,” commented Filoni. “(There are) different characters he’s met since Bo-Katan (who) take a lot more prominence, which makes sense where his arc is going, the story of him and Grogu specifically.”
When asked if fans had requested Dune’s return, Filoni replied: “My inbox is consistently full of pleas to add all kinds of characters. Unfortunately the most difficult thing is finding a place and time for them.”
“George [Lucas] used to talk about when he was making the prequels, he had so many great characters and they all wanted screen time. How do you do it when your job is to tell the story of Anakin Skywalker? I relate to that.”
Carino’s portrayal of Dune was initially popular with the audience following her debut in Season 1 The fourth episode of The Mandalorian, showcasing a Rebel Alliance fighter, is speculated to make an appearance in the upcoming Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic spinoff series.
Unfortunately, Carano’s fame decline drastically after some of her social media posts were viewed as distasteful and offensive. Several of these posts compared the discrimination she faced for being a Republican to the horrors that Jews suffered during the Holocaust.
In many instances, the actress openly questioned the validity of the 2020 presidential election and advocated against wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the public outcry caused by Carano’s posts, she was dropped by her talent agency and fired from The Mandalorian series.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” said a Lucasfilm representative in the wake of the actress’s dismissal. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Showrunners have the choice of either replacing Cara Dune or leaving her on the sidelines.
Get ready for the exciting new season 3 of The Mandalorian! Premiering on Disney+ March 1, this article provides a comprehensive overview of what to expect from Din Djarin’s quest across planet Mandalore. Don’t miss out – mark your calendars and check it out now!
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