When Disney cut ties with actress and former MMA competitor Gina Carano on February 10, it looked to many like a sudden move in response to a single social media post. According to a new story from The Hollywood Reporter, though, Carano’s exit from the Mandalorian and Disney was months in the making.
Exactly two months earlier, on December 10, Disney unveiled a whole host of Marvel and Star Wars content, including ten new Star Wars shows. Among those was Rangers of the New Republic. At the time, we and many others assumed Rangers was a vehicle for Carano and her character Cara Dune. Carano appeared in seven episodes of The Mandalorian across the show’s two seasons, and her story arc in the second had her picking up a Rangers of the New Republic badge, seemingly contemplating a new path for herself.
Indeed, that was exactly what Disney had planned, and THR says her agency, UTA, was negotiating for a pay raise for the actress, who was reportedly pulling in $25,000 to $50,000 per episode of The Mandalorian. Carano was meant to be part of that presentation, but an anonymous source told THR that Disney pulled her off the presentation. Sources say that Disney had repeatedly warned Carano even before the February 10 tweets Disney described as “abhorrent and unacceptable.” Carano had previously posted tweets mocking mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic, promoting misinformation about voter fraud, and expressing transphobic views. Those tweets led to the initial warnings, while her February 10 tweet comparing American conservatives to Jewish people just before the Holocaust is what sealed Carano’s fate. The decision was reportedly made by Lucasfilm executives, going higher than Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau.