Lucy Lawless has addressed the fans who suggested her to replace Gina Carano as Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, following Carano’s firing, explaining how the calls may have hindered her starring in another, different, Star Wars project.
When news of Carano’s axe from the show was announced, several fans of The Mandalorian immediately began speculating over who could replace her as Cara, with Xena: Warrior Princess star Lawless cropping up as a possible contender.
During a recent exclusive conversation with Metro.co.uk, the My Life Is Murder star recalled how she felt in response to fans hoping she would be cast as the no-nonsense mercenary.
She explained that at the time, she was already having discussions about starring in a different Star Wars-related production.
‘Well to be honest with you, I was already in discussions about something on – it wasn’t The Mandalorian – something Star Wars-affiliated,’ Lawless said.
‘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?’
The actor continued, outlining how the hypothetical fan casting meant that she ‘became political’, despite having nothing to do with Carano’s exit.
‘I became political and I had nothing to do with the discussion,’ she said.
Nonetheless, she feels extremely appreciative of the fans who saw her as the ideal replacement for the character.
‘But that’s the way the world is and they meant it out of love, and I thank the fans for their fealty to me,’ she said.
‘I haven’t thought about that since, so it hasn’t given me any pain, but that was my thought at the time, like, ooh, this makes me look like a political appointment, and not an actress.’
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