Two spinoff books of The Mandalorian have been canceled due to scheduling complications. Star Wars‘ first live-action series, The Mandalorian has been a massive hit since its premiere on Disney+ in 2019. Set five years after the events of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the series is beloved for its story about lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), and the adorable, Force-wielding Grogu (or Baby Yoda) as they adventure together across the galaxy. Along with its huge success among fans, the Jon Favreau-created series has received multiple awards and was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama.
The success surrounding The Mandalorian continued into season 2, which ended in late 2020 with an emotional finale that saw the shocking reveal of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) before he takes Grogu under his wing. A season 3 is already in the works and multiple spinoffs have been ordered, including the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett. The series also inspired multiple books that were first announced in June 2020, including Phil Szostak’s Art of The Mandalorian, which released in December. Two of those books included The Mandalorian Ultimate Visual Guide, written by Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo, and The Mandalorian Original Novel by Adam Christopher.
DK Books and Del Rey announced in tweets that The Mandalorian Ultimate Visual Guide and The Mandalorian Original Novel have been canceled. DK Books cited the growing world of The Mandalorian as their reason for no longer publishing the visual guide book. Del Rey soon followed with the same exact text. Del Rey then followed up with another tweet, expressing their excitement to work with author Adam Christopher and that they are working with Christopher on a different book now. Additionally, a source “close to Disney Publishing” told io9 that the cancellation of the books is due to scheduling and not the recent firing of Cara Dune actress Gina Carano. See the tweets below:
Despite The Mandalorian season 2’s huge success among critics and fans, the show has been overshadowed in recent months due to Carano’s firing from the series and any other upcoming Star Wars projects due to her controversial social media posts. She received widespread backlash for posts that many deemed as transphobic and anti-Semitic. Carano herself was potentially set to take part in another spinoff series before her termination from Lucasfilm.
It’s not surprising that speculation surrounding the books’ cancellations involves Carano’s firing, considering that toy companies and apps appeared to have written Cara Dune out. Toy manufacturing company, Hasbro, canceled their Cara action figure last month. Though this is reportedly not the case for the books, the timing is certainly unfortunate and many fans are likely disappointed as The Mandalorian books were likely going to be great new additions to the expanded universe.
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