One of the various Star Wars TV shows that Lucasfilm had in the works has reportedly been canceled. For the time being, at least. The Mandalorian spinoff Rangers of the New Republic, which was announced late last year, is no longer developing at the studio. While no official reason has been given, Gina Carano’s departure from the franchise appears to be the most likely culprit.
Dave Filoni, the producer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, was recently promoted at Lucasfilm. Filoni has been promoted to Executive Creative Director. While the promotion occurred some time ago, the company only recently updated its website to notify fans of Filoni’s advancement.
One of the reports detailing Filoni’s projects included announcing that “Rangers of the New Republic’ is not currently in active development.”
The Book of Boba Fett, which will be released in December, and Ahsoka, previously announced as a live-action Disney+ series, are on Filoni’s schedule.
Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune in The Mandalorian’s first two seasons, was expected to play an essential role in the Rangers of the New Republic. However, she was fired by Disney and Lucasfilm in February after some highly contentious social media activity.
There are no plans to replace Carano with Cara Dune. As a result, it appears that the show she was presumably going to lead has been canceled, at least for the time being. It remains to be seen whether or not something else is developed to take its place.
During Disney’s massive investor day presentation last year, Rangers of the New Republic was announced as one of a slew of projects. Given the success of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm, and Disney decided to go all-in on Star Wars on the small screen.
Like The Mandalorian, these shows, along with Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett. Lead to an event series within the franchise.
Given how little information is currently available about long-term plans for these interconnected shows, it’s difficult to say how the absence of Rangers might affect things.
Even though this project is no longer in the works, there will be plenty of Star Wars content for fans to enjoy. Aside from the Mando-verse, there will be Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando, and The Acolyte. We also have the animated film A Droid Story and Star Wars: Visions.
Not to mention the first season of The Bad Batch, which is currently airing. Patty Jenkins is set to direct Rogue Squadron, a live-action film that will be released in theatres in December 2023. Taika Waititi is also working on an untitled Star Wars film. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.