On the chance you haven’t heard or been paying attention to social media, it was announced last week that actress Gina Carano was fired by Lucasfilm and dropped by her talent agency due to “social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.” Despite playing fan-favorite character Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the massively successful series The Mandalorian, the firing of Carano felt somewhat inevitable after her continuous controversial social media posts in the past year.
There’s been speculation as to whether Disney will completely ditch the character or simply recast Cara Dune with another actress à la Pietro in WandaVision. In any event, it appears that Disney is cleaning house. Late last week Big Bad Toy Store customers who pre-ordered a forthcoming Star Wars: The Black Series 6″ Cara Dune action figure received an email informing them that Hasbro had canceled production of the figure.
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“We have been informed by Hasbro that they have cancelled production of the Star Wars: The Black Series 6″ Cara Dune (The Mandalorian) and will not be fulfilling our order. Unfortunately, this means we must cancel our pre-orders for this item. We apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding.”
The Cara Dune 6″ Star Wars: The Black Series figure has been available in stores for a few months already, but the announcement that Hasbro won’t be producing any more is certainly a surprise. Incidentally, a new Cara Dune Funko Pop! figure, that was announced among a new wave of Mandalorian products a few months ago, will be available in just a few weeks. While it’s too late for Funko to pull production on those figures, it’s highly doubtful that Carano’s ardent fanbase will purchase them after vowing to cancel their Disney+ subscriptions, so I expect these Cara Dune Funkos to go the way of Jar Jar Binks Phantom Menace merch and fill discount bins.
Cara Dune’s erasure from Star Wars related merchandise has actually been brewing in the months leading up to Carano’s official firing. In December artist Mark Raats unveiled official Mandalorian artwork commissioned by Lucasfilm and Disney that many noted was conspicuously missing Cara Dune.
Meanwhile, Carano announced on Friday that she is partnering with conservative website The Daily Wire to develop, produce, and star in a movie project. It’s a far cry from headlining your own Disney+ Star Wars original series, but to each their own.
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Now she really has lost everyone.
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