A Fan-Led Petition To Get Lucy Lawless On “The Mandalorian” Might Have Cost Her A “Star Wars” Job
Earlier this year, fans saw former The Mandalorian star Gina Carano spouting off about various conspiracy theories related to the COVID pandemic and the 2020 US Presidential Election results, as well as just generally being a pseudo-hateful mess. Fans called on Disney to fire her from The Mandalorian and they did just that (her talent agency, UTA, also gave her the boot). That meant a vacancy opened up on the set of The Mandalorian for a badass actress type, and fans got real vocal about the thought of it being filled by the prototype for badass actresses, Lucy Lawless. The only problem is, those fans got a little too involved with their fantasy, and Lucy is now saying that it might have hurt her chances to join the Star Wars universe.
Gina Carano portrayed the character Cara Dune in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian. Since she’s not coming back for the third season, fans decided to channel their inner casting director, and started petitioning online to have Gina replaced with Lucy. Except it might have ended up backfiring on everyone. via Metro UK:
“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?”
Lucy goes on to say that because her name was almost immediately thrown into the conversation right after Gina was fired, Lucy’s name became “political,” even though she had nothing to do with the discussion. She adds that even though she might have missed out on an opportunity to do something in a galaxy far, far away, she still appreciates her fans, and can look back on the situation and realize they did it out of love.
A source at Lucasfilm tells Metro that there are no plans for the role to be recast, so it sounds like those fans really weren’t going to make anything happen anyway. But does that mean that Lucy really can’t get a job here? Sure, maybe someone would have seen Lucy’s addition to the Star Wars universe as fan-pandering stunt casting at the time. But that was eight whole months ago. And also, who cares? Put her on The Mandalorian! Practically everyone on The Mandalorian is a shout-out to cameo culture (I personally screamed when I saw Baby Yoda being held by Amy Sedaris). Lucy Lawless could be brought in as a special guest for the first episode of Season 3. She could play a space paramedic who delivers the news that Cara Dune died in an unfortunate Sarlaac Pit accident or the space journalist who reports that Cara Dune has been sentenced to life in prison for rear-ending a well-connected Wookie.