Almost exactly a year ago, Lucasfilm announced a huge production schedule for a range of upcoming Star Wars movies and shows. Among them was a spin-off for The Mandalorian that was to be called Rangers of the New Republic. However, like several of those announced projects, they may never see the light of day.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy (who recently renewed her term) stated that no scripts had been written for the show. “Some of that will figure into future episodes, I’m sure, of the next iteration of The Mandalorian.”
This all but confirms that the show is doomed to remain unproduced or at best has been indefinitely delayed for retooling. Kennedy’s comments regarding incorporating the show’s elements into The Mandalorian, however, do not inspire hope for the series.
A major factor in the fate of the planned show is that of Gina Carano. The former MMA fighter was fired from Lucasfilm after a series of transphobic tweets were condemned by the company who referred to Carano’s comments as “abhorrent and unacceptable.” It was understood that Carano’s character, Alderaanian rebel “dropper” Cara Dune, was to be a major component of the show. Her absence robs the show of its potential star meaning that if it is not cancelled outright, a huge redrafting effort would be needed for it to survive.
Recently another Star Wars project has also faced the potential chopping block. That of Patty Jenkins’ feature film Rogue Squadron. Reportedly, creative disagreements between Jenkins and the Lucasfilm’s Live Action Development and Production team have stalled production on the film which was slated to begin shooting in the new year.
It is important to note that at no point has Lucasfilm specifically stated that either of the productions have been “cancelled” as such, but evasive language has always been the Hollywood norm to soften the blow of bad press.
Although Carano is gone for good, Cara Dune may yet live on. While the character has been notably absent from much of the merchandise and promotion for The Mandalorian and Star Wars in general, there is a possibility that the role may be recast. Again, no word from Lucasfilm on how this will play out. As with all things, the force shall make things clear.
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