After being fired from Disney's The Mandalorian over anti-Semitic, transphobic, and pandemic-denying tweets, Gina Carano announced she signed on to do a conservative film with Ben Shapiro and Daily Wire.
When speaking to Deadline, Carano took direct aim at "cancel culture" and "the totalitarian mob."
"The Daily Wire is helping make one of my dreams—to develop and produce my own film—come true. I cried out and my prayer was answered."
"I am sending out a direct message of hope to everyone 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."
"They can't cancel us if we don't let them."
The statement got quite the reaction from Twitter.
"They can't cancel us if we don't let them." Welp, if making a movie with (stifling laughter) Ben Shapiro counts a… https://t.co/b62bcAWe4I— Jim Henson's Wanda*Vision 3-D (@Jim Henson's Wanda*Vision 3-D)1613154171.0
Gina Carano sacrificed that Star Wars bag to be featured in a Ben Shapiro YouTube video 😂— Anthony Walker (@Anthony Walker)1613172197.0
@benshapiro Hahahahahahahahahaha you think going from Star Wars/Disney to Ben Shapiro is a clapback hahahahahahahah… https://t.co/jAEcRA2UMk— CC Me In the Mornin' (@CC Me In the Mornin')1613162702.0
Gina Carano has a movie deal with Ben Shapiro in the same way that I once had a gallery exhibition on my mom's fridge— Janel Comeau (@Janel Comeau)1613180090.0
When I hear that Gina Carano is doing a movie with Ben Shapiro. https://t.co/uJS5YDSB4t— Blandy (@Blandy)1613150930.0
Pedro Pascal: working with DC, Star Wars, HBO Max. Career thriving Gina Carano: making a movie with Ben Shapiro https://t.co/sK9cMyvicp— 𝕝𝕛𝕨𝕣 • Lewis 😷 (@𝕝𝕛𝕨𝕣 • Lewis 😷)1613150606.0
@DEADLINE "Ben Shapiro movie project" https://t.co/cYx4owooBu— ClarkQuill97 (@ClarkQuill97)1613150125.0
Key details are not available yet, but Carano announced she will produce, star in and develop the film.
It is likely to have a minimal audience at first as the project will only be released to The Daily Wire members. The company is hoping Carano's project will encourage people to join their website.
Shapiro even offered a discount code.
"They can’t cancel us if we don’t let them." #GinaCaranoIsUncancelled Memberships now 25% off with promo code GINA https://t.co/p9PYHXE1He— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1613150913.0
Ben Shapiro has high hopes for the partnership, essentially claiming he wants to make a conservative version of the entertainment industry.
Oh, also he made a statement comparing conservatives to the Rebel Alliance prepping to take down the Death Star of Hollywood.
"We could not be more excited to be working with Gina Carano, an incredible talent dumped by Disney and Lucasfilm for offending the authoritarian Hollywood Left."
"This is what Daily Wire exists to do: provide an alternative not just for consumers, but for creators who refuse to bow to the mob."
"We're eager to bring Gina's talent to Americans who love her, and we're just as eager to show Hollywood that if they want to keep cancelling those who think differently, they'll just be helping us build the Xwing to take down their Death Star."
Which is particularly interesting when public opinion looks like:
I liked Gina Carano’s character a lot on the Mandalorian, thought she brought a lot to the show after getting fire… https://t.co/9Y13rerTXN— Magneto Rex (@Magneto Rex)1613175397.0
People don't seem to have much hope for the project considering Shapiro's history as a failed screenwriter despite having extensive family connections in the industry.
Gina's notoriously "troubled" acting skills also have people doubtful of success. Carano is an incredible athlete and often cast for her athletic prowess, but has repeatedly had her lines shortened, cut and even dubbed over by other actresses.
There are ... concerns.
Soderbergh had to bring in Laura San Giacomo to dub Gina’s lines in Haywire but I’m sure you’ll fare better. Good l… https://t.co/6idAzgZGuZ— Jon Lovett (@Jon Lovett)1613151139.0
@jkass99 Ah yes, Ben Shapiro, someone who I definitely trust for his excellent narrative writing. https://t.co/HQDZWhF6cz— Alex and the story of the overly long username (@Alex and the story of the overly long username)1613174614.0
gina carano’s acting ability and ben shapiro’s imovie app really deserve each other— carly_doom (@carly_doom)1613235008.0
If Ben Shapiro is trying to save Gina Carano's career then hopefully he isn't the one writing the movie https://t.co/z1WDjPN99h— Cast Meghan Markle as Cara Dune (@Cast Meghan Markle as Cara Dune)1613174957.0
Ben Shapiro grew up in Hollywood as the child of a television exec and film/tv composer. He had every advantage to… https://t.co/xyEkW8DMUe— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1613153617.0
Apparently Gina Carano has signed a film deal with Ben Shapiro. He's finally found something dryer than his wife: Gina's acting.— Steve Powers (@Steve Powers)1613227182.0
@DEADLINE Considering how Ben has attacked her on how bad of an actress she was in the past this is hilarious.— Grace On Fire (@Grace On Fire)1613150761.0
can't wait to see what happens when you bring together Gina Carano's acting and Ben Shapiro's writing, I'm sure it'll be incredible— Cara (@Cara)1613174965.0
lmao gina carano could barely act with steven soderbergh helping her but totally ben shapiro is gonna suffice here— Dexian Wang (@Dexian Wang)1613156098.0
Also, the prospect of mixing Gina Carano's acting with Ben Shapiro's writing is, well, hoo boy— Jimmy "Lifelong Padres Fan" Bowman (@Jimmy "Lifelong Padres Fan" Bowman)1613155896.0
"Hoo boy" seems to sum up the public response pretty well.