Gina Carano Responds to Backlash After 'Mandalorian' Firing

Just days after Gina Carano was fired from The Mandalorian, the actress has a new project in the works with Ben Shapiro. And in a statement announcing the new venture with Shapiro and his conservative-leaning website The Daily Wire, Carano also called out those who were demanding that she be booted from The Mandalorian because of controversial remarks she made on social media.

"The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams—to develop and produce my own film—come true," Carano said in a statement provided to Deadline on Friday. "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."

Also speaking to Deadline, Shapiro—a cofounder of The Daily Wire—described Carano as an "incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm." He spoke of the backlash against Carano in terms that echoed the star herself: "This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob."

Details regarding the film that Carano is developing, producing and starring in have yet to be announced.

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Gina Carano (Cara Dune) onstage during "The Mandalorian" panel at the Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place Convention Center on April 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Daniel Boczarski/WireImage for Disney

Carano was fired from The Mandalorian on Wednesday, amid public outcry over a social media post in which she drew a comparison between being hated for your political views today and Jews living in Nazi Germany.

"Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors...even by children," she wrote on Instagram. "Because history is edited, most people today don't realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?"

Backlash ensued, and Lucasfilm eventually shared a statement severing ties with Carano, who portrayed the character of Cara Dune in seven episodes of the Disney+ show throughout its first and second seasons.

"Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future," a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. "Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."

Fans previously petitioned for her to be cut from the show in November, after she shared controversial tweets about wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic. She also tweeted about voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Despite her firing, Carano gained tens of thousands of followers on her Twitter and Instagram pages.