‘Rangers Of The New Republic’ Storylines Could Turn Up In ‘The Mandalorian’

Contrary to what’s been happening with Star Wars on the big screen, the TV side on Disney+ has run fairly smooth. The one exception came when Gina Carano’s contract wasn’t picked up, following some controversial statements by the Cara Dune actress. This caused a rolling set of issues as her popular character was set to star in a new series, Rangers of the New Republic. With Carano gone, that show got put on ice. So what happens to all of those plans for it now?

In an interview with Empire, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy makes it clear the series isn’t going to happen. Furthermore, she suggests that any potential storylines could be rolled over into The Mandalorian, which makes sense considering that’s where Dune became a favorite…

We’d never written any scripts or anything on that…some of that will figure into future episodes, I’m sure, of the next iteration of ‘Mandalorian’”, Kennedy said.

I’m curious to see how Disney writes Dune out. Do they just never mention her again? That could leave the door open to a possible return someday. Or do they kill her off and put those hopes to rest? I think it’s funny that Lucasfilm hasn’t made an effort to simply repackage the show with a new lead, especially if no scripts were written.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.