Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy breaks the silence on Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic, saying the scripts were never even written.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirms that the Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic the show never even had any scripts written. Announced in December 2020, Rangers of the New Republic was to serve as a spin-off of The Mandalorian, many assuming it would follow the adventures of Cara Dune (Gina Carano). According to Kennedy, the series would be produced by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau and would eventually converge and culminate with a large cross between The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s book, and Ahsoka.
Just months after the series was announced, Gina Carano was fired from her contract with Lucasfilm for her controversial social media posts comparing the political situation in the United States to that of Nazi Germany. It was also confirmed that Carano was not featured in any upcoming Disney projects and that the character of Dune would not be recast. Since Carano’s sacking, Lucasfilm has been silent on radio about the status of Rangers of the New Republic, with the only official word coming in May, claiming the show was not in active development.
In a new interview with Empire (according to Comic), Kennedy eventually addressed the status of Rangers of the New Republic and apparently confirmed that the show is indeed dead in the water. Of the series, Kennedy simply says:
“We never wrote any scripts or anything about it. “
Although it was announced in May that the series was not in active development, it could have been still on the back burner and something that Lucasfilm and Disney were planning to revisit. Now, with Kennedy’s comments, Rangers of the New Republic is almost certainly canceled. Scripts for developing series go through many series of notes long before the shows get on camera; scripts for the Obi-wan the series were reworked for months before the series actually started production. This means that the timing of the planned climax of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and Boba fett would undoubtedly be rejected even if Rangers of the New Republic the scripts started working immediately.
Although there has never been an official word indicating that the Dune of Carano was going to be the central figure of Rangers of the New Republic, the timeline of his firing and the new revelation that the scripts for the show were never completed reinforces the idea that Carano is one of the main reasons the show was canceled. It’s entirely possible that there were other factors that caused work on the series to hit a wall, but considering The Mandalorian, Boba fett, and Ahsoka are now all confirmed to be in various stages of development, it certainly seems likely that Carano is the primary reason for this. No matter why Rangers of the New Republic doesn’t move forward though, fans will still have plenty of Star wars content to consume in the coming months with Boba Fett’s book scheduled to premiere on December 29.
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Source: Empire (via ComicBook)
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