With Gina Carano fired from The Mandalorian, fans have nominated Don Cheadle as an unconventional replacement to take the role of Cara Dune.
With Gina Carano recently fired from her role on The Mandalorian, the question of what will become of her character, Cara Dune, has yet to be answered. While some expect her to be written out of the Star Wars show, others are hoping for a recasting — and some fans are adamant about their pick of actors, unconventional though he may be.
A petition titled “Hire Don Cheadle to replace Gina Carano as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian” has been posted on Change.org, and at time of writing has gathered over 1500 signatures. Cheadle is known these days as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s War Machine, but as the petition points out, he wasn’t the first actor to play that part.
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A brief history of Cheadle’s casting is explained on the site: “After the success of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (2008), production quickly began on a sequel. During pre-production, actor Terrence Howard (who played James Rhodes, AKA War Machine) dropped out of the film do to contract disagreements. This left to an urgent need for Favreau to recast the character.” It then posts the question, “The man who stepped up to fill the role?” and answers it, “Don Cheadle.”
As Favreau is now a showrunner on The Mandalorian, the petition argues that he “faces the same problem he did over a decade ago,” and claims, “The solution here is obvious: bring in the expert. Don Cheadle has already proven to the world that he can not only pick up where another actor left off, but elevate a character to a place we haven’t seen before.”
Although the petition doesn’t explore how Cheadle’s approach to Cara Dune would change her, it states that “it would be a shame to let the character disappear because of the actions of one actress,” and finishes firmly with, “We need the Cheadle.”
Carano’s employers at the Lucasfilm production company reacted strongly to her recent controversial remarks, including one which appeared to be comparing the current political climate to Nazi Germany. “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a spokesperson for Lucasfilm said at the time of her firing. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito. Season 3 has yet to receive a premiere date.
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