Gina Carano will not be returning to the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian, after Lucasfilm announced there were “no plans” for the actor to come back after her “abhorrent and unacceptable” posts on social media. The former mixed-martial-arts fighter and star of the films Deadpool and Haywire appeared to compare the treatment of Republicans in America to that of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.
Carano, who played the bounty hunter Cara Dune in both seasons of the Star Wars spin-off, wrote in a post on Instagram that is no longer available: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours … even by children … Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”
Carano had previously been at the centre of social media controversy, when she was accused of mocking people who state their preferred pronouns online, by placing the words “beep/bop/boop” on her Twitter profile, and had shared conspiracy theories in November about the result of the 2020 US presidential election. Carano also previously ridiculed the wearing of masks to protect against Covid-19.
In a statement, Lucasfilm said: “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
The statement followed a longstanding campaign by fans of the TV series for the 38-year-old actor to be fired from the show, using the hashtag FireGinaCarano. The actor has also been let go from her agency, UTA.
In December, Lucasfilm announced Rangers Of The New Republic, a further spin-off from The Mandalorian, which would seemed to have been perfectly suited to her character, but the studio has yet to announce a cast and will now be moving forward without Carano.