What is the production status of Rangers of the New Republic?

Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic logo. Photo: Star Wars.
Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic logo. Photo: Star Wars. /

What is the production status for Rangers of the New Republic?  According to The Direct, the upcoming series is no longer in active production. While this could point to a lot of things, it doesn’t mean that the show will necessarily be axed from the slate of projects in development.

This production status might come down to the recent controversy surrounding Gina Carano who played Cara Dune in The Mandalorian It has been rumored she was to play a key role in the series. It has also been speculated that the role her character was to have in the series might be filled by a character yet to be seen in a live-action medium; Hera Syndulla, which was also reported on by The Direct.

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Now, just because a project is no longer in active development, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.  It may mean things need to be reworked to accommodate certain things; i.e. having to do rewrites because the original main character can no longer be used. It should also be pointed out that the series didn’t have a release date or a cast that was known to the public yet. So, it’s not that big of a deal.

Look at what happened with the Obi-Wan Kenobi series prior to its announcement. Originally, it was meant to be a movie, but this ended up changing. Also, it was a rumor for years that an Obi-Wan project was in the works. It wasn’t until 2019 when it was finally announced. However, the production status was stuck in limbo in 2020 because of “script problems” if the series page on Wookieepedia is to be believed.

The same applies to the now-scrapped Star Wars: Underworld series which was put on hold due to budget constraints. The television show had 100 episodes written with 400 proposed and was meant to take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This was long before George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney and before the series’ executive producer (and the prequel producer), Rick McCallum, left the company and retired.

In a nutshell, the production status of a project can change. Hopefully, there’s nothing to worry about, but we’ll likely be told if Rangers of the New Republic has indeed been scrapped. So, we’ll report on it if and when it does occur.

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