Lucy Lawless Says The Mandalorian Fancasting May Have Hurt Her Star Wars Project

For nearly three decades, Lucy Lawless has been a geek icon thanks to her star-making turn on Xena: Warrior Princess along with her more recent roles on Battlestar GalacticaSpartacus, and Ash vs. Evil Dead. Because of her genre expertise, Lawless seems like a natural fit to join the Star Wars franchise. A number of fans have already campaigned for Lawless to replace Gina Carano on the next season of The Mandalorian. But it doesn’t sound like Lawless will be donning Cara Dune’s trooper fatigues anytime soon.

Lawless addressed her potential Star Wars involvement in a new interview with Metro. Surprisingly, she revealed that she was talking to Lucasfilm about another project set in the Star Wars universe. But because Carano’s Mandalorian firing concerned comments she made regarding recent political events, it appears that the studio didn’t want to seem biased towards one particular ideology.

“Well to be honest with you, I was already in discussions about something on – it wasn’t The Mandalorian – something Star Wars-affiliated,” said Lawless. “‘It might have hurt me in some way, because then they couldn’t hire me because it would seem to be pandering to… I’m just guessing here, I don’t know anything, but in some ways, it can be unhelpful, because if they pander to this fan group, then how are you going to pander to every other fan group, do you know what I mean?”

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Carano was fired from The Mandalorian earlier this year after sparking controversy with her social media posts. Among several other comments, Carano compared the treatment of American conservatives to that of Jewish people living in Nazi Germany. Lawless, on the other hand, has a political stance that appears to on the opposite side of Carano’s ideology. Back in January, Lawless even publicly traded barbs with her former Hercules co-star, Kevin Sorbo, after he accused the U.S. Capitol insurrectionists of being “leftist agitators” in disguise.

“I became political and I had nothing to do with the discussion,” continued Lawless. “But that’s the way the world is and they meant it out of love, and I thank the fans for their fealty to me. I haven’t thought about that since, so it hasn’t given me any pain, but that was my thought at the time, like, ooh, this makes me look like a political appointment, and not an actress.”

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