Gina Carano Takes Legal Action Against Disney Over The Mandalorian Dismissal With Backing From Elon Musk
Actress Gina Carano, renowned for her portrayal of Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, has initiated legal proceedings against Disney for her dismissal from the series, alleging discrimination and wrongful termination.
The lawsuit, disclosed by The Hollywood Reporter and presented in its entirety, was filed by Carano’s legal team in the United States District Court Central District of California today. Carano contends that her termination stemmed from her expression of personal opinions across various social media platforms and elsewhere.
In a statement shared on X/Twitter, Carano disclosed that Elon Musk is supporting the lawsuit, referencing his prior commitment to fund legal actions for individuals facing workplace discrimination due to their social media activity.
Carano asserts that her statements were consistently distorted to portray her as an alt-right extremist, part of what she describes as a bullying campaign aimed at silencing and vilifying her. She highlights unequal treatment compared to her male counterparts, alleging they were allowed to express themselves without repercussions, unlike her.
Musk echoed Carano’s sentiments in a tweet, inviting others to join the legal action against Disney.
Carano’s dismissal from Lucasfilm, a Disney-owned company, in 2021 followed a series of controversial social media posts, including one likening Republican experiences to Jewish persecution during the Holocaust. Other posts, such as questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. presidential election and poking fun at the practice of listing pronouns in social media bios, also generated backlash.
Amid mounting criticism, Carano claims Disney compelled her to undergo meetings with representatives from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD) and demanded a public apology, which she declined. The lawsuit alleges Disney conducted a “smear campaign” against her post-termination.
Carano seeks various remedies in the lawsuit, including reinstatement to her role as Cara Dune without loss of pay or benefits, compensatory damages for lost wages, and compensation for future employment opportunities, including her promised involvement in Rangers of the New Republic.
Carano portrayed Cara Dune for two seasons on The Mandalorian before her departure. Reports indicated she was intended to feature prominently in Rangers of the New Republic, a Star Wars series, prior to its cancellation.