Gina Carano (L) and Ben Shapiro. (Getty)
Gina Carano, who played combative shock trooper Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, is attempting to bounce back by… working with right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro.
Carano, a 38-year-old actor and mixed martial artist, fuelled months-long fan backlash with her incendiary social media presence throughout her stint on the Disney+ show.
One included putting “boop/bop/beep” as her Twitter pronouns – an act that users felt belittered trans rights, which she sought to deny.
But for Lucasfilm, the production company behind the Star Wars show, the flashpoint came during a rant where Carano appeared to compare being a Republican to being Jewish during the Holocaust. She was later fired and ditched by her agency as a result.
On Friday (12 February), Carano told Deadline that after being ousted from the series she is now set to collaborate with the conservative website The Daily Wire in an open challenge against what Shapiro called the “Hollywood left”.
Gina Carano: ‘The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams come true’
“The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true,” Carano said in a statement to the outlet.
“I cried out and my prayer was answered. I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob.
“I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same. They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.”
The film will be released exclusively on The Daily Wire as part of its collaboration with Bone Tomahawk producer Dallas Sonnier.
Shapiro, who once threw a tantrum over Harry Styles wearing a dress, said: “We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left.”
Carano was turfed by Lucasfilm after uploading a now-deleted post shared to her Instagram Story which read: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbours…even by children.
“Because history is edited, most people today don’t realise that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbours hate them simply for being Jews.
“How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”
A representative of Lucasfilm announcing her termination said: “Her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”