After Gina Carano social media-ed her way out of The Mandalorian, fans wasted no time finding the perfect replacement for her.
So in case you missed out on the social media shitstorm yesterday, Gina Carano was on her problematic horse again, this time posting a stupidly hateful Instagram story that compared the vitriol directed at present-day Republicans in America to Jews during the Holocaust.
It’s honestly not that surprising of a move from Carano given that she’s had a history of sharing bad social media takes, such as tweeting out anti-mask memes and supposedly making fun of people’s pronouns by adding “beep/bop/boop” to her Twitter bio.
So it’s even less surprising that Disney wanted to distance itself from this fustercluck as soon as possible by quickly firing Carano from The Mandalorian and all things Star Wars. “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement (as per The Hollywood Reporter). “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
The question now is what becomes of Carano’s character, Cara Dune, on The Mandalorian? Do the writers just write her out or recast the character?
Well if Mandalorian fans had it their way, they would kick Gina Carano to the curb in favour of a much better replacement: Lucy Lawless.
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Hear me out,
Casting Lucy Lawless as Cara Dune would sell SOOO many action figures.
I'm just saying. She'd bring in a lot of bank. pic.twitter.com/tltw8VwPqb
— Isabel Sophia rebel gurrl Dieppa (she/her) ? (@IsabelSDieppa) February 10, 2021
— Tom Schalk (@TomStheVoice) February 11, 2021
Make Lucy lawless the next Cara dune. pic.twitter.com/q1rO0RGwEZ
— Mightykeef (@MightyKeef) February 11, 2021
Fan campaigns like this happen all the time, but this “get Lucy Lawless as Cara Dune” campaign actually makes perfect sense on all levels.
Lawless has more than enough experience kicking arse from her time as Xena, she has experience working on a sci-fi series after starring in Battlestar Galactica, and she’s a far better actor than Carano.
And best of all, Lawless is a tolerant and not a hateful person at all!
Besides, it’s far from the first time a major character in a big franchise thing has been recast without any explanation and folks just went along with it. Remember Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey/War Machine in Iron Man 2? Exactly.
You know what, I’m 100% down for Xena to meet Baby Yoda (I still refuse to call him Grogu) in season three of Mandalorian so please make it happen, Disney.