A former 'Star Wars' actor is at the center of a Disney free speech lawsuit

Gina Carano is suing the Mouse House to try to get her job back on 'The Mandalorian'

Gina Carano in 'The Mandalorian'
Gina Carano portrayed Cara Dune in 'The Mandalorian' on Disney+
(Image credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

There is a disturbance in the Force, and it comes in the form of a lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company. Gina Carano, a former actor in the "Star Wars" universe, is suing the Mouse House over her firing nearly three years ago. Carano, who played former Rebel trooper Cara Dune on the "Star Wars" television series "The Mandalorian," was let go by Disney subsidiary Lucasfilm after a series of controversial posts on social media. 

Carano is attempting to get Disney and Lucasfilm to rehire her, claiming that her termination from the company was the result of her right-wing, conservative views. "I was being hunted down from everything I posted to every post I liked because I was not in line with the acceptable narrative of the time," Carano wrote on X in a post announcing the lawsuit. Lucasfilm and Disney parted ways with Carano in February 2021 after she shared a post on Instagram likening the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany to those with conservative beliefs in the United States. This led to Carano being dropped because "her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable," Lucasfilm and Disney said at the time of her firing.

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Justin Klawans, The Week US

 Justin Klawans has worked as a staff writer at The Week since 2022. He began his career covering local news before joining Newsweek as a breaking news reporter, where he wrote about politics, national and global affairs, business, crime, sports, film, television and other Hollywood news. Justin has also freelanced for outlets including Collider and United Press International.