As fanboys and girls were celebrating Star Ways Day, May the fourth, the rumor mill is alleging that real-life martial artist and action-movie actress Gina Carano may be in the midst of negotiations for a return to her role as Cara Dune in the popular Disney+ streaming series “The Mandalorian.”
Series creator/executive producer Jon Favreau is supposedly lobbying for Carano to come back to the sci-fi opus, according to a self-described pop culture critic who asserted that “There can be no doubt that there has been movement in Disney’s attitude toward Gina Carano.”
Several tweets from the conservative-leaning Carano’s own account, which has nearly one million followers, may even be giving life to the speculation that she might possibly be uncancelled from the series that is part of the Star Wars canon.
If any of this turns out to be true, which remains to be seen, it will be breakthrough for freedom of speech and a total rebuke of the far-left woke mob that is practically running corporate America and is particularly influential in the entertainment sector. It could also dramatically, so to speak, boost Carano’s profile and leverage in the industry.
In one tweet, Carano wrote: “Start making room for what you prayed for because it’s on the way.”
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) May 2, 2021
In another, an upbeat Carano posted a video where she displayed Cara Dune memorabilia while praising the GinaCarano.net independent fan site and thanking her fans for their support.
In more possible foreshadowing, Carano has written “Thank you for the love from the #WeLoveCaraDune friends” above a picture of her in the character’s Star Wars garb.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) May 5, 2021
There are also reports that Cara Dune toys are back on retail shelves.
In another potential indicia, the NatGeo channel reinstated an episode in which Carano appeared with survivalist Bear Grylls on the latter’s TV series which Carano also announced on social media late last month. (NatGeo is a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society).
Your Running Wild journey was an incredible one too!! It would have been so sad not to get to hear your powerful story of many struggles & many triumphs… Here we go! 💪💪👍 https://t.co/3Ebi93FT9m
— Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) April 25, 2021
In February 2021, Disney subsidiary Lucasfilm parted ways with Carano, 39, who portrayed fan-favorite Dune on the show, after a controversial and subsequently deleted Instagram post that apparently sought to compare Germany’s former genocidal dictatorship with the polarized political situation and cancel culture in contemporary America. Disney described it as “abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Although that post was deemed ill-advised, Lucasfilm never took any action when another “Mandalorian” star, who plays the title character, previously tweeted out Holocaust imagery, however, to smear then-President Donald Trump.
Carano allegedly was on thin ice with Disney for several previous tweets that ran counter to the liberal narrative.
After the dismissal, the hashtag #CancelDisneyPlus trended on Twitter, which was a counterpoint to the leftists’ prior campaign to #FireGinaCarano.
Carano subsequently reached a movie deal with Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire company. In an interview with Shapiro, Carano implied that politically motivated bullying was commonplace in the Disney orbit, as it were, but she sounded like she had no intention of backing down on her belief system.
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) May 4, 2021
A masked-up, costumed up, and miced-up “supervillain” and pop culture critic who goes by the handle “Overlord DVD,” and who supposedly has earned a reputation for accurate inside information, posted a video in which he addressed the Gina Carano rumors head-on, which may have exposed a rift between Favreau and allegedly anti-Carano producer Kathleen Kennedy over creative differences.
“My Hollywood agents have been telling me for weeks now that Disney is in talks with Gina Carano about the possibility of returning to the role of Cara Dune in ‘The Mandalorian’ and several other shows…I resisted saying anything about this largely because I’ve had my doubts that anything would come of this,” he said.
“Disney certainly must have offended Gina with the alleged reason for her dismissal…and I was just afraid Gina had moved on and would ultimately decide not to return.That said, I may have some very good news to bring you today. A source has come forward claiming that Gina is talking to Disney about returning, and proof of these talks has already materialized…,” he added.
Overlord DVD then persuasively highlighted the Bear Gryllis episode and restocked merchandise development.
“So I ask you now, are these the actions of a company that rebukes and reviles Gina Carano…a company that so loathes her, they want to put as much distance between her and themselves as possible?,” he rhetorically asked in that context.
“If that were the case, if Disney felt as badly about Gina as they purported to in their press announcements around her firing, to the point where even her toys are pulled out of circulation, would we be seeing Disney embracing Gina Carano on two different fronts,” he asked.
“These two developments are earth-shaking for Star Wars fans as well as fans of fair play everywhere. There can be no doubt that there has been movement in Disney’s attitude toward Gina Carano, otherwise neither of these developments would have come about,” he contended.
The critic then described how Favreau is purportedly exerting his behind-the-scenes influence on behalf of Carano, perhaps in the interests of both content and cash flow.
“Jon Favreau has been playing a game of 4-D chess with the help of concerned investors to prove that Gina equals fans equals money. Jon knows getting Gina back needs to happen. Not only because he wants her back but because it’s the right thing to do, because Gina was unfairly characterized to the point of slander by all this nonsense, but also because of the story that Jon Favreau has planned,” he said.
Favreau is perhaps more well known in front of the camera for his movies roles in the iconic farce “Swingers,” as a supporting actor in the “Ironman” franchise, and in the rom-com “Couples Retreat.”
Overlord DVD’s potential scoop about Gina Carano and “The Mandalorian” starts at the six-minute mark of the video embedded below which you can review and draw your own conclusions., with a warning for language.
At the beginning of the monologue, incidentally, the pop culture critic suggested that Disney has not changed its PC ways. He riffed that Disney is inexplicably in pre-production on “Ironheart'” even though it was a failed, social-justice-framed, virtue-signaling comic from the Marvel Universe.
“Yet more evidence that Marvel is going full-blown, over-the-top, batsh*t woke…at this point, you don’t tune in to superhero shows on Marvel for entertainment. You tune it to get lectured at, reminded of all the horrible things going on in the news that you came to Disney+ to forget,” he declared.
That Carano’s co-star was never subject to any disciplinary action for his social media activity gives rise, at least theoretically, to a possible employment-related legal claim for disparate treatment. Whether that path was ever contemplated or even considered viable is purely speculative, however.
In March, Carano implied that she might sue Heidi Heitkamp, a former Democrat U.S. senator, for defamation for smearing her on Bill Maher’s HBO show.
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