Two Fans Are Suing Universal For $5 Million After Realizing Ana De Armas Was Cut From The Movie “Yesterday”
Has stan culture gone too far? Fans can always be a little weird about their favorite celebrities, even getting into lawsuits because of their devotion. And apparently, Ana de Armas is one of those actors that has a set of fans (Ana de Army?) willing to get into legal battles for her! After paying $3.99 to stream Danny Boyle’s Yesterday on Amazon Prime and seeing that Ana wasn’t in it like the trailers said, the two rentees have sued Universal for lying to them. Looks like the Ben Affleck pap stroll did its job! Ana is a household name worth fighting over (at least with these two guys).
Deadline caught wind of the curious lawsuit:
Conor Woulfe and Peter Michael Rosza contend that, based on trailers for Yesterday that they watched on Amazon.com, they each spent approximately $3.99 to watch the film.
From the lawsuit:
“Among other deceptions, Defendant’s nationwide advertising and promotion of the movie Yesterday represents to prospective movie viewers that the world famous actress Ana De Armas has a substantial character role in the film.
Defendant’s movie Yesterday, however, fails to include any appearance of Ana De Armas whatsoever. Accordingly, Defendant’s advertising and promotion of the movie Yesterday is false, misleading, and deceptive.”
De Armas is featured in the trailer. Her appearance comprises 10 seconds in a three-plus minute spot and that, according to the lawsuit, is “misleading advertising.”
Woulfe and Rosza further contend that Universal was attempting to use De Armas’ star power to promote the film because Himesh Patel and Lily James were each “a relatively unknown name to the casual movie watcher.”
IndieWire adds that the fans are suing for $5 million, which may be $4,999,992.02 than that movie made.
Yesterday’s screenwriter Richard Curtis explained that Ana was cut from the film because test audiences didn’t like her character. In the film, the main protagonist Jack (Himesh Patel) is in a committed relationship with Ellie (Lily James). Ana played a secondary love interest for Jack and audiences weren’t into it. Unfortunately, Conor and Peter weren’t in the screening crowd to be able to communicate that keeping Ana’s “fame, radiance, and brilliance” (actual words from the lawsuit) in the movie would spare Universal from a future legal battle! Meanwhile, Ana has steered clear from commenting on this incident. She’s too busy actually featuring in films like No Time To Die and getting other films pulled from distribution.
If misleading trailer lawsuits are the new trend, the producers of Marry Me better be on high alert. The trailers for that show JLo singing and we know she can’t do that!