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Ex-'Mandalorian' star Gina Carano partners with Daily Wire: 'They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them'

Brian Truitt and Charles Trepany, USA TODAY
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Former "The Mandalorian" star Gina Carano has a new gig, days after Lucasfilm announced she will no longer be part of the popular Disney+ show following the star's controversial social media posts.

The Daily Wire, co-founded by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, announced Friday that the former mixed martial arts fighter will partner with the media outlet to produce and star in an upcoming film.

"This is just the beginning," Carano wrote on Twitter. "Welcome to the rebellion."

On Wednesday, Carano received backlash online for sharing a series of incendiary social media posts and memes mentioning Jeffrey Epstein and comparing conservatives in the U.S. to Holocaust victims. Lucasfilm later confirmed to USA TODAY that Carano would no longer star in "The Mandalorian."

Carano celebrated her new partnership with The Daily Wire on Instagram and expressed gratitude for the fans who still supported her.

"I’d like to thank you all from the deepest part of my heart for the love I’ve received over the past 24 hours," she wrote. "I would not be here without your support. Thank you to @realdailywire @officialbenshapiro for helping make one of my dreams — to develop and produce my own film — come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered."

Carano also took aim at cancel culture, delivering a "direct message of hope" to anyone "living in fear of cancellation by the totalitarian mob."

"I have only just begun using my voice which is now freer than ever before, and I hope it inspires others to do the same," she added. "They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them."

In a statement Thursday Lucasfilm said it didn't currently employ Carano, who played ex-Rebel soldier Cara Dune, and there were no plans for her to be in future episodes of "The Mandalorian." Lucasfilm simultaneously denounced Carano's posts as denigrating people's cultural and religious identities, calling them abhorrent and unacceptable.

Gina Carano stars as an ex-Rebel shock trooper named Cara Dune in "The Mandalorian."
Gina Carano stars as an ex-Rebel shock trooper named Cara Dune in "The Mandalorian."

USA TODAY reached out to Carano's reps for comment.

The news came on the heels of the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter Wednesday as fans screen-grabbed the star's deleted posts, including an anti-Semitic Instagram story that she shared from another user that equivocated the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust to a disagreement over beliefs: "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?" the meme read.

The Twitter user who shared Carano's deleted post asked, "Did she just compare the Holocaust to being a Republican?"

Another user added "this Gina Carano nonsense not only confirms that anti-Semitism is alive and well, but also that so many people continue to believe Jews to be somehow complicit in their own genocide."

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz came to Carano's defense on Twitter Thursday, calling out Disney's decision.

"Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi," Cruz tweeted. "She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her."

According to Variety, Carano also shared a photo of a person with several cloth masks covering their face and head along with the caption: "Meanwhile in California."

The posts no longer appear on Carano's account.

Carano was a frequent guest star on "The Mandalorian" since the first season, with Dune often helping the title character (played by Pedro Pascal) on his mission to keep Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) safe from Imperial forces hunting the tiny alien creature.

Pascal, whose sister recently came out as a trans woman, assisted Carano last fall after she mocked people putting gender pronouns in their social bios by adding "boop/bop/beep" to her Twitter profile.

Carano said her co-star helped her understand why they were important. "I didn't know before but I do now," she wrote on Twitter at the time, adding that she stood against bullying, "especially the most vulnerable."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Star Wars': Gina Carano out of 'Mandalorian,' joins Daily Wire