ESPN Spotlight on Gina Carano: From MMA Fighter to Starring in The Mandalorian

In an interview segment conducted with Chris Connelly at ESPN, actress Gina Carano, who plays Galactic Civil War veteran Cara Dune in the upcoming Disney+ live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, talks about making the transition from successful MMA fighter to Hollywood star. It will be interesting to see how much of Carano’s real-world fighting style/abilities are showcased by her on-screen character.

When Gina Carano left the world of MMA after her last Strikeforce fight in 2009, she hoped to put some of the skills she’d spent a decade honing to new use as an actress. Now, ten years later, she’s playing a key role in the first-ever live-action Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian” — coming to the new streaming service Disney+ on Tuesday, November 12. If you remember Boba Fett from the Star Wars movies, you know what a Mandalorian is. And if you remember Gina Carano’s MMA career, you know what she did to make mixed martial arts a place where women could thrive.

Dianna Bates
Residing in New York, Dianna Bates shares the same deep love for the GFFA as her husband Justin LaSalata. In addition to posting news articles on our website, Dianna assists with providing photographs from various conventions and Star Wars-related events including NY Comic Con, "Force Friday" and others.