Two men filed a class action lawsuit against Hollywood studio Universal in the United States on Friday. Conor Woulfe from Maryland and Peter Michael Rosza from San Diego say they watched the trailer for the musical comedy Yesterday (2019) and discovered one of their favorite actresses: Ana de Armas, who was last released in domestic theaters in Knives Out” and the last James Bond film “No Time to Die”.
Because of her alone, they rented “Yesterday” from Amazon Prime as a video on demand. Only to find out that de Armas was cut out of the final version of the film and therefore doesn’t appear in it at all. Woulfe and Rosza think this is cheating. The trailer is misleading advertising.
Industry magazine Variety quoted the lawsuit as saying, “Because the trailer promised consumers an Ana de Armas movie, but they didn’t get an Ana de Armas movie, consumers didn’t get value for their money.” The outraged plaintiffs each paid $3.99 online rental for Yesterday. Now they are demanding “at least five million dollars” in damages to compensate affected customers for their misexpenditure.
But why was Ana de Armas missing from the finished film? The film’s screenwriter, Richard Curtis, 65, stated this well before the lawsuit was filed. The romantic comedy pro (he created the hits “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill,” and “Love Actually ”) said that the scene with the beautiful actress was actually great and the filmmakers liked it immensely, but the audience saw it very differently in test screenings of the film. That was because the hero of the film is actually in love with another woman and they didn’t want to see him so promiscuous.
Because in Hollywood the first trailers for a film are usually released before the film has been cut, often even before it has been shot, there are regularly minor and major differences between the trailer and the end product. A court can now decide whether the resulting fan pain in the case of “Yesterday” is so burdensome that it has to be compensated with five million dollars. The Universal film studio, accused of fraud, has not yet commented on the cause.