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There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the future of the Star Wars franchise. While George Lucas’ beloved galaxy will continue to thrill audiences through the big screen, it’s also expanded to television in a big way. Disney+’s The Mandalorian has earned plenty of fans and acclaim since kicking off its run in 2019, so it’s no surprise that Lucasfilm and Disney are currently developing spinoff shows. However, it would seem that one of those previously announced shows is no longer in the works.
During Disney’s Investor Day last December, Lucasfilm announced a number of Star Wars productions, including three shows that would serve as direct spinoffs of The Mandalorian. These shows were confirmed to be The Book of Boba Fett, Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. But according to Variety, Rangers of the New Republic is no longer in active development.
Specific details weren’t given on Rangers of the New Republic but, as the title implies, it was set to shine a spotlight on the characters working to bring order back to the galaxy in the name of the New Republic. The show was also meant to crossover with The Mandalorian, Ahsoka and The Book of Boba Fett for a major story event.
While Lucasfilm has neither officially confirmed the status of Rangers of the New Republic nor confirmed the reason for it no longer being in active development, the move is likely connected to the dismissal of Gina Carano. Previous reports seemed to indicate that Carano’s Cara Dune, who became a Marshal for the New Republic in Season 2, was going to be the lead. However, the actress was fired from Lucasfilm earlier this year after posting controversial messages to social media. The studio also confirmed that her character would not be recast in the wake of the firing.
Fans are sure to be disappointed by the news of Rangers of the New Republic no longer being in development. However, there’s still a chance it could see the light of day at some point in the future, as Lucasfilm could decide to retool the show in a way that still fits into the story the producers are hoping to tell. Doing so may not be easy but, if anyone could do it, it would be Star Wars guru Dave Filoni.
We’ll just have to wait and see if or how things play out for Rangers of the New Republic. But at the very least, fans can still look forward to the plethora of other Mandalorian-related shows headed their way in the near future.
The Mandalorian is available to stream on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link. And be sure to catch The Book of Boba Fett when it hits the streaming service this December.