Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic appears to be on hold, and comments from LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy suggest that ideas for the spin-off may be fully “absorbed” into The Mandalorian.
Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic was announced just under a year ago, with many fans at the time believing that Cara Dune from The Mandalorian, played by Gina Carano, would likely star. Recent comments from Kennedy in an interview with Empire magazine (as shown in a clipout Imgur) seem to indicate that the show is currently not moving forward on its production schedule.
“We had never written scripts or anything about it,” Kennedy said in the interview, before going on to explain, “some of them will be used in future episodes of the next iteration of Mandalorian, I’m sure.” While Kennedy’s comments seem to point to a bleak future for Rangers of the New Republic, it’s important to note that there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Disney that the show has been canceled.
That being said, Kennedy’s comments may not come as a surprise to many Star Wars fans. Aside from the fact that both Disney and LucasFilm have been relatively quiet about the show since it was announced last year, an earlier article issued by diversity reported in May that the show was not in active development.
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While Disney was on the verge of announcing that Rangers of the New Republic would show Cara Dune heavily, a possible role on the show would have become far less likely for the character following a fallout between Disney and Dune actress Gina Carano. Carano was fired from her contract with LucasFilm back in February after the actress posted on social media that Lucasfilm described as “hideous and unacceptable”.
Even if the future doesn’t look too bright for Rangers of the New Republic, Star Wars fans can look forward to the upcoming release of The Book of Boba Fett. The series is set to debut on Disney + on December 29th. In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest trailer for the show. And when you’ve done that, you can check out everything we know about what’s coming to the Star Wars universe next year and beyond.
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