The live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano has been one of the best things that happened in The Mandalorian Season 2. But did it also lead to Lucasfilm deciding not to focus on the show's original strong female character? A new Star Wars art commissioned by the production company chose to replace Gina Carano's Cara Dune with Ahsoka instead.
There is little doubt that Cara Dune was one of the coolest characters introduced in The Mandalorian. After all, the character proved she could easily take on Mando and just about every other character on the Star Wars show. However, the love for Cara somehow started to waver when people began noticing actress Gina Carano's controversial tweets.
But has Gina Carano's social media presence led to Lucasfilm trying to distance themselves from the WWE star? Digital artist Mark Raats recently revealed that he was commissioned to work on a painting for Disney and Lucasfilm. The artwork features Mando and Baby Yoda along with Greef Karga, Ahsoka Tano, Moff Gideon, and Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth.
The painting is truly stunning but its backstory turned out to be so much more interesting. In a now-deleted tweet, Mark Raats revealed that he had originally sketched the artwork with Cara Dune. However, Lucasfilm reportedly asked him to erase Cara and replace her with Ahsoka Tano.
Mark Raats also shared a video showing how he erased Cara Dune from the sketch and carefully painted Ahsoka Tano over the character. Not surprisingly, the tweet got a lot of attention and Raats decided to delete it.
So what was the reason why Lucasfilm chose to replace Cara Dune with Ahsoka Tano? Some believe it had a lot to do with hoping to promote the former Jedi's upcoming Disney+ series. However, others think that the studio isn't very happy with Gina Carano and her controversial tweets.
Its been my great privilege to have once again been asked by Disney and Lucasfilm to create art for Mandalorian Thank you very much to @DisneyAUNZ and @Lucasfilm for the fun ride. #starwars #themandalorian #lucasfilm #disneyaunz #originalart #jonfavreau #davefeloni #grogu pic.twitter.com/0Sj47HfnGc — Mark Raats (@mark_raats) December 21, 2020
The attention that Gina Carano's tweets have brought isn't exactly positive and some people have decided that the WWE star should be removed from The Mandalorian Season 3. Although there have been no updates on whether Cara Dune will play a larger role in the next season, it is believed that Disney and Lucasfilm will try to limit her appearance in the show.
Gina Carano is still expected to return as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian Season 3 which could start filming in April. Meanwhile, the Ahsoka Tano series has not yet been given an official production start date or a release date.