Star Wars rumors: Is a Cara Dune and Bo-Katan spinoff show really in the works?

Chapter 4. Gina Carano is Cara Dune in THE MANDALORIAN exclusively on Disney+
Chapter 4. Gina Carano is Cara Dune in THE MANDALORIAN exclusively on Disney+ /

The latest Star Wars rumors have recently linked Gina Carano’s Cara Dune and Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze to a possible spinoff show.

Star Wars rumors are their own kind of genre within the galaxy far, far away. Seemingly every month there is a “hot new rumor” involving a beloved character getting their own show or possibly making a cameo in an upcoming project. These unofficial reports can be exhausting to keep up with, but the potential stories they tease are also exciting to at least think about.

The newest rumor is that Gina Carano’s Cara Dune (first seen in The Mandalorian) and Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze (an animated character seen in both The Clone Wars and Rebels) will headline their own team-up spinoff show on Disney+. Let’s dive into where these rumors originated from and if the show even makes sense.

How the rumor evolved

This rumor first came from an unofficial report by LRM Online, which cited an unnamed source that claimed there’s been a “big push” for Carano to star in her own spinoff.

That alone isn’t totally newsworthy, but Jeremy Conrad of Star Wars Unity backed up that rumor, saying he heard the possibility of a Cara Dune-focused show and Carano “really hit it off” with “one of the new cast members.”  The part about a new cast member is especially intriguing since Sackhoff is rumored to be portraying Bo-Katan in the upcoming season of The Mandalorian.

Then, Corey Van Dyke of Kessel Run Transmissions also stated that he’s heard of a Dune spinoff, teasing that she would “have a little help from some friends” in that series. Kessel Run Transmissions soon after posted a YouTube video with the news that this spinoff would focus on both Dune and Bo-Katan.

But it doesn’t stop there. After KRT’s unofficial report, Katee Sackhoff (the voice of Bo-Katan and who is said to reprise the role in The Mandalorian season 2) liked a tweet about the rumor of her character’s possible spinoff show:

But what does it all mean?

Is this different than other Star Wars rumors?

Whenever there’s unofficial reports involving unnamed sources, it’s best to not buy into those rumors 100 percent. Plans for shows are changing all the time, and just because a project was brought up at one time does not mean it’ll come to fruition.

Looking at this specific case, it seems like at least a possibility. Gina Carano added another dimension to The Mandalorian season 1 as the both fierce and caring Dune. Dune’s background is relatively unknown, meaning there’s plenty of territory for a possible spinoff show to explore. Her experience as a Rebel shock trooper was alluded to in the first season, but there are clear gaps of information as to what she was up to before meeting Mando.

Carano’s character is well-liked, although it doesn’t seem like fans are clamoring for her own solo adventure. That’s why pairing her with Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan makes sense. Both characters are known for being prolific warriors, and they could cause mayhem as a duo. It would give a chance for two intriguing characters to be fleshed out in their own show after having memorable guest appearances on other series.

Sackhoff liking the tweet about a possible spinoff series could be nothing. It might be her just having fun with fans. But it’s at least possible that she’s giving us a subtle nod about what’s coming in the future. After all, most celebrities understand the power of a simple like, even it doesn’t explicitly say anything.

Spinoff shows have been teased before

Given the popularity and success of The Mandalorian, it wouldn’t be a shock if Disney is thinking about ways to grow that property through spinoff shows. In fact, former Disney CEO Bob Iger teased the possibility of spinoffs on an earnings call in February when talking about The Mandalorian and “infusing it with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.”

Much hype surrounding season 2 of The Mandalorian involves possible additions to the cast. There are rumors from reputable sources that key Star Wars figures like Ahsoka Tano, Boba Fett and Bo-Katan will be appearing this season. Depending on the direction that Disney takes with each of these characters, it opens the door for a number of spinoffs, including a possible show that follows Dune and Bo-Katan.

Star Wars rumors are aplenty, but a Dune and Bo-Katan team-up series is at least interesting to think about. We’ll know more about the possibility of a spinoff once season 2 unfolds.

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The Mandalorian season 2 premieres on Oct. 30 on Disney+.