‘The Mandalorian’: Producers Weigh In On Gina Carano’s Potential Return As Cara Dune

Is there a chance that Gina Carano could return to The Mandalorian? The actress was a big part of the first two seasons as Cara Dune, a vital ally to Din Djarin and Grogu. Carano was poised to lead her own spinoff, as well, but was essentially fired from the series after making some problematic tweets that Disney simply couldn’t ignore. With season three right around the corner, will Dune’s absence be addressed in any way?

Speaking with Deadline, exec-producers Dave Filoni and Rick Famuyiwa wouldn’t shut the door completely on a Carano return…

“Cara was a big part and continues as a character to be part of the world”, Famuyiwa said. “It had to be addressed in the creative and Jon (Favreau) took the time to think about that. It was something that was discussed as we knew it was going to have impact on the show, but at the same time, what has been at the heart of the show are the two characters — Din Djarin and Grogu– so ultimately it felt like a servicing of that, and around the Mandalorians.”

“It’s a big galaxy and we have many characters in it,” added Dave Filoni. “Many characters are fighting for their screen time, we’ll just have to see as the season unfolds what the adventures are, but it’s a great character, someone who was vital to Din Djarin’s beginnings; we’ll see if he has evolved beyond that.”

Is it possible that another actor could be cast as Cara Dune? That’s certainly a possibility. More likely, Dune will get some kind of on-screen explanation for her absence, such as “It’s a shame Cara crashed into that lava flow on Yavin 6! We could use her help right now!”

But, y’know, Star Wars keeps rollin’ right along with or without her. The Mandalorian returns for season three tomorrow, March 1st!

Travis Hopson
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