The major cameo who showed up during the season finale of The Mandalorian, season 2 was a big surprise to everyone. Even to the star cast members, it seems.
Warning: major spoiler for The Mandalorian, “Chapter 16: The Rescue”. If you have not watched it yet on Disney+, avert your eyes until you do. I have spoken.
In a recent interview with Drunk3PO, Gina Carano (actress behind Cara Dune) shared that even she was caught completely unawares at Luke Skywalker’s surprise appearance. She mentions that Lucasfilm was being extremely “secretive” about the whole process. To the point where you have to “wear big black cloaks in between studios” so that people on rooftops can’t take photos. And where “there’s a special place where you can get your scripts, but you only get the scripts that you’re in”. She even points out that the actor/actress’s name is all over the script, so that if there’s ever a leak, Lucasfilm and Disney can trace the leak right back to its source. I don’t know about you, but I’d call that one heck of a security procedure.
The Mandalorian: Black Ops?
With that level of security in place, it’s no wonder why Gina Carano and the other stars of The Mandalorian would be utterly and completely shocked when Luke Skywalker stepped into the scene. Mark Hamill and his stand-in Max Lloyd-Jones would’ve been completely cloaked and their scripts kept a secret until the final moment. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What’s amazing is that not one of the scriptwriters or producers even so much as hinted that Luke would be the one to train Baby Yoda/Grogu. But then again, Baby Yoda’s own existence was a secret until The Mandalorian‘s debut back in November 12, 2019. If Jon Favreau and co. could keep that little guy a secret, Luke Skywalker would be a cakewalk.
Gina Carano reveals that Lucasfilm has a vast array of security procedures in place to prevent serious leaks. It’s why she and the other stars of The Mandalorian were just as shocked as the audiences when Luke Skywalker made his cameo appearance. It seems if there’s one thing Disney and Lucasfilm can get right, it’s security. Now let’s hope that they continue to put effort into making Star Wars good, whether on Disney+ or elsewhere.