The most recent episode of The Mandalorian featured the debut of Gina Carano's character, Cara Dune. The former Rebel shock trooper teams up with the Mandalorian to protect a village of Sorgan krill farmers against a group of Klaatooinian raiders. With the episode out, Carano is opening up about her experiences with the show.
She told Vanity Fair that this was a role she never expected to play as an MMA fighter. "I thought I was going to be like the female Chewbacca," she said, speaking about when she first got the call to join the show.
Carano added, "I was ready to put on the fur outfit and be the female version of that. That's what I thought. I was surprised to find that I was one of the few people that you were actually going to see her face —and in a lot of scenes, sometimes the only face, which is pretty incredible."
Despite the ending of this week's episode, Carano's comments make it clear that she will return very soon in the galaxy far far away. She is currently filming Season 2 of The Mandalorian.
According to Carano, The Mandalorian's creator, Jon Favreau, specifically wrote the character of Cara Dune with her in mind. Allegedly, Favreau didn't audition anyone else for the role, seeing Carano as the be-all end-all perfect fit.
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. A new episode is released each Friday on Disney+.