Carano had portrayed former Rebel Alliance shocktrooper Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the widely popular Disney+ series. She had emerged as a fan-favorite on the show, and Lucasfim had even considered a spinoff series starring Carano’s character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, in recent months Carano courted controversy for social media posts in which she spread misinformation about voter fraud and mask wearing. She also mocked individuals who used preferred pronouns on social media by listing “beep/bop/boop” in her Twitter bio. (Perhaps not so incidentally, The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal’s sister recently came out publicly as transgender.) The final straw seemed to be an Instagram Story post comparing being a Republican today to being Jewish during the Holocaust (a screenshot of which can be seen below).
On Wednesday evening, Lucasfilm formally cut ties with Carano, saying in a statement that she is “not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future.” The statement went on to condemn Carano’s recent social media posts as “abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Update: Carano has also been dropped by her agency UTA, according to Variety.
I don’t usually tweet, but as a Star Wars fan I feel like I should denounce this. How dare @ginacarano compare being Jewish during the Holocaust to being a Republican. This should not be welcomed by @Disney. #FireGinaCarano pic.twitter.com/xa7FZc9ECb
— Rebecca Clark (@clarkirebecca) February 10, 2021