Could Gina Carano be returning to Star Wars after all, and has she given her fans a sign of things to come on Twitter?
That’s the latest rumor making the rounds, although it’s admittedly quite a stretch given her acrimonious “breakup” from Disney-owned Lucasfilm.
Carano, who played fan favorite Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, was fired from Lucasfilm for what the company called “abhorrent and unacceptable” social media posts that compared the present-day treatment of people by their neighbors based on political affiliation to how the Nazi party let the German people do their dirty work for them.
Twitter and Lucasfilm employees took this to mean that she was denigrating the Jewish people, despite her saying it was not her intent.
She was fired almost immediately, despite not being told directly by Disney or Lucasfilm. Carano found out that she had been “cancelled” from The Mandalorian the same time the public did.
And that was that. Or so we thought.
Gina Carano Uncancelled?
Carano’s tense relationship with Disney seems to be easing, whether or not she will be called back to work on The Mandalorian.
Recently, a previously pulled episode of ‘Running Wild with Bear Gryllis’ was put back on the Disney+ schedule.
Want to hear something cool? Just so happens you WILL be able to see my @beargrylls episode on @natgeo after all!! Bear is a real one. 💛 I’m so glad you’re going to get to see it. My heart is so full.
Airs on @natgeo May 10th at 9pm! ❤️ #nevergiveup pic.twitter.com/N7loK4Yjv8
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) April 25, 2021
And while that’s not Star Wars, it does seem to indicate that Disney as a company isn’t treating her as radioactive anymore.
A Return to Star Wars?
Now here’s where we enter severe rumor territory. YouTuber Doomcock (on the OverlordDVD channel) said in a recent video that his sources were telling him that Jon Favreau has put his neck on the line to bring Carano back as Cara Dune so she can play the role she was designed to play in The Mandalorian and beyond.
“A source has come forward claiming that Gina is talking to Disney about returning and proof of these talks has already materialized. As reported in my last Pop Culture Breakdown episode, Disney officially uncancelled Gina Carano’s episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls on NatGeo.”
Now, while it’s very difficult to believe Carano would even want to return to work for Lucasfilm if offered — given that she stated they “bullied” her — Doomcock has been right in the past on Star Wars rumors before. In fact, his Rise of Skywalker leaks were almost 100% accurate, despite Lucasfilm trying to say that they weren’t.
But then there was this.
Carano put up this cryptic tweet yesterday, telling her fans to “start making room for what you prayed for, because it’s on the way.”
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) May 2, 2021
Could it mean that Carano has made a deal with Disney to return after all? And like director James Gunn before her, has been “uncancelled” by Disney?
Would Lucasfilm dare announce the return of Cara Dune on May the 4th?
Again, this is all rumor and speculation, but it does appear that something is happening behind the scenes.
Anecdotally, one of our writers attempted to reach out to Carano’s agent for an interview and was told she was not doing the interview circuit at this time.
How will Disney navigate the PR minefield if they rehired Gina Carano?
The media has been gunning for Gina Carano for months due to her outspoken political opinions.
In fact, if she wasn’t “cancelled” for her Instagram post, she likely would’ve been “cancelled” for something else as Twitter would use the #CancelGinaCarano hashtag when anything related to Star Wars came up, even if it had absolutely nothing to do with her.
“Stan culture” clearly had her targeted for “cancellation.” And many journalists happily went with it, because they didn’t like her politics.
Giant Freaking Robot says it’s “nigh infeasible” for Carano to return, and says that Disney would never walk back their decision because she didn’t apologize like James Gunn did…
Even if Overlord DVD’s source is true, it is nigh infeasible that this would pan out for any of the parties involved. This is not like the instance where Disney fired and then rehired James Gunn. That had Gunn openly apologizing for his past behavior and owning up to his mistakes. Carano has taken a hardline stance in relation to her opinions on social media and does not seem to be interested in backing down from that position.
But hey, Giant Freaking Robot has made some very incorrect claims about Pirates & Princesses as well.
And at the end of the day, money talks. And Carano is indisputably popular. Her firing even had Forbes calling out Disney for making an insane business mistake, just when Star Wars was regaining fan trust with The Mandalorian.
Many in the pop culture media circles will be salty. But again, money talks. That’s why James Gunn got rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
All we can do now is wait and see.
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