The renowned Hollywood actress Lucy Lawless offers her opinion on fans wanting her to replace Gina Carano's Cara Dune in The Mandalorian.
Fan casting is not a recent development. When a new series is announced, fans take to social media to discuss their ideal casting preferences. However, Lucy Lawless' recent statements reveal that, while entertaining, this technique can have a negative impact on performers.
Gina Carano was booted from The Mandalorian, a Disney+ smash, in February after a string of provocative remarks that Disney felt improper for somebody under their service. When queried about Carano, Lucasfilm reiterated this statement, saying:
Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.
This meant that Carano's part as Cara Dune was now open for other actors, and fans instantly began to speculate about who may fill the position.
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Lucy Lawless, the former Xena: Warrior Princess starlet, quickly became the apparent fan choice, with many fans tweeting directly to Disney and Lucasfilm to insist that she be included in the Star Wars spinoff.
Lawless, on the other hand, recounted her side of the affair in an interview with the British publication Metro. She revealed that she was previously in talks with Disney about a completely other Star Wars project, but she believes popular demand hampered her prospects.
According to Lawless, Hollywood is cautious to give in to fan pressure since it creates the precedent that they will do so in the future. Especially since fan outrage can be severe if a popular fan casting does not materialize.
Well to be honest with you, I was already in discussions about something on – it wasn’t The Mandalorian – something Star Wars-affiliated. It might have hurt me in some way, because then they couldn’t hire me because it would seem to be pandering to… I’m just guessing here, I don’t know anything, but in some ways, it can be unhelpful, because if they pander to this fan group, then how are you going to pander to every other fan group, do you know what I mean?
Lawless also highlighted how the fan-casting decision made her feel political despite the fact that she was not involved in the event at all.
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Amid these challenges, Lawless was impressed by the fan response and grateful for the encouragement. She also claims that the incident did not cause her any long-run issues.
But that’s the way the world is and they meant it out of love, and I thank the fans for their fealty to me. I haven’t thought about that since, so it hasn’t given me any pain, but that was my thought at the time, like, ooh, this makes me look like a political appointment, and not an actress.
The release date for The Mandalorian season 3 is yet to be confirmed.