Gina Carano was the former face of women’s MMA circa 2006-2009, back in the dark days when Dana White was still firmly against the concept and few promotions were willing to feature female fighters. Unlike a certain someone (cough Rousey cough), Carano wrapped her combat sports career with a big fight against Cris Cyborg. She lost, but was more than game in defeat, and since then she’s been slowly building up a Hollywood career that’s only become brighter as the years go on.
A leading role in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire was followed by a villain turn in Fast & Furious 6. A few smaller direct to streaming releases later and she was suddenly a part of FOX’s Marvel universe as Angel Dust in the first Deadpool movie. Now she’s set to appear in her biggest role to date in the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
Not much has been revealed about The Mandalorian past its cast, but today during the annual Star Wars Celebration event we finally got our first look at official photos from the show, including Carano as Cara Dune.
”I can’t describe the energy I felt at the Star Wars Celebration 2019 event today!” Carano wrote on Instagram. “It was incredible and I’m so grateful for all of you and the crazy awesome support you showed us today. I’m so stoked... that was epic. Thank you! This is the first shot of my character Cara Dune.”
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I can’t describe the energy I felt at the #starwarscelebration2019 event today!! It was incredible and I’m so grateful for all of you and the crazy awesome support you showed us today. I’m so stoked... that was epic. Thank you! ♥️ this is the first shot of my character #CaraDune Cara Dune. #themandalorian
Carano spent the day retweeting shots from the event, as well as geeking out with a fan over concept art for her character.
No public trailer yet for our show, but some tasty stills #themandalorian pic.twitter.com/l53qi0hgH1— Ian Milham (@Monkey_Pants) April 14, 2019
Haa me toooo!! that was so fun! https://t.co/HIuK7FGUsD— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) April 14, 2019
Details are still scarce, but The Mandalorian is set a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi and Carano gave a little background to Dune during the reveal panel.
“My character’s name is Cara Dune, she’s an ex-Rebel Shock Trooper,” Carano said. “I’m a bit of a loner, which isn’t a far stretch. And I’m having a bit of trouble reintegrating myself into society.”
The Mandalorian kicks off November 12th, 2019 on Disney’s new streaming Disney+ service.