When Gina Carano was removed from her role as Cara Dune in the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian, fans were unsure what the future would bring. The second season of the series seemed to indicate big things for the character, with reports suggesting that Gina Carano would’ve been a leading force behind the canceled series Rangers of the New Republic. Now it’s clear that with Gina Carano out of the picture, a new actress would have to take her place. As it turns out, Mary Elizabeth Winstead seems to be filling that role. While it’s unlikely she’ll be playing Cara Dune specifically, it appears that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is taking on a major role for not just The Mandalorian but also the upcoming Ahsoka series.
This information comes via GFR, and as such it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it has been stated that Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be part of the Ahsoka show. As such, it does seem likely that she’ll appear on The Mandalorian as well. Especially since the two shows seem to be closely tied together, especially if The Book of Boba Fett is any indication. Of course, it’s unclear what her role will be beyond this.
As they’ve stated:
“While it isn’t clear how exactly Mary Elizabeth Winstead will replace Gina Carano in this sense, it is sure looking like her character’s story will eventually dovetail or at least intersect with Mando’s either this season or next. Winstead’s Star Wars character isn’t known at this point and is being kept strictly under wraps by the studio.”
While Mary Elizabeth Winstead is likely playing a new character, it’s clear that she’ll fill the void left by Gina Carano. Whether or not she’s accepted the same way by audiences, however, remains to be seen. But Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been an incredibly beloved actress in her own right, so it’s likely that she’ll find her place in The Mandalorian and the overall franchise quite easily. Fans can stay tuned to ScreenGeek for updates as we have them.