CINEMA: Ana De Armas fans are suing Universal over the actress’ exclusion.

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Two Ana De Armas fans have filed a fed­er­al class action law­suit against Uni­ver­sal because they claimed the actress was not in the final cut of the movie Yes­ter­day, despite the actress appear­ing in the trail­er. The film hit the­aters in June 2019 and grossed $154 mil­lion world­wide. Conor Woulfe, 38, and Peter Michael Rosza, 44, say they each paid $3.99 to rent the film on Ama­zon Prime, only to find that De Armas was removed from the film’s final cut.

The law­suit accus­es Uni­ver­sal of engag­ing in decep­tive mar­ket­ing tech­niques by adding De Armas in the trail­er and hav­ing him in the film’s cast list. Addi­tion­al­ly, he also accus­es Uni­ver­sal of false adver­tis­ing, unjust enrich­ment, and vio­la­tion of com­pe­ti­tion laws, among oth­er alle­ga­tions. The law­suit seeks to recov­er at least $5 mil­lion on behalf of affect­ed con­sumers who viewed the film.

“Because con­sumers were promised a movie star­ring Ana De Armas by the ‘Yes­ter­day’ trail­er, but did not receive a movie star­ring Ana De Armas at all, these con­sumers have no received no val­ue for their rental or pur­chase,” the law­suit states.

Yes­ter­day stars Himesh Patel (Don’t Look Up, Tenet) as Jack Malik, a singer who, through a super­nat­ur­al event, is the only per­son on Earth who remem­bers The Bea­t­les. Malik then claims cred­it for the band’s songs, essen­tial­ly earn­ing fame. De Armas was to appear as Malik’s love inter­est Rox­ane, who was intro­duced to him on the set of James Cor­den’s talk show. Malik was sup­posed to ser­e­nade her with a ren­di­tion of George Har­rison’s song Some­thing, but sad­ly the scenes with De Armas’ char­ac­ter were cut.

“It was a very trau­mat­ic cut because it was shiny in it. I mean real­ly radi­ant,” screen­writer Richard Cur­tis pre­vi­ous­ly said. “You know, it’s one of those things where it’s some of our favorite scenes of the movie, but we had to cut them for the good of the whole.”

Addi­tion­al­ly, Cur­tis explained that view­ers did­n’t like the idea of ​​Malik mov­ing away from his pri­ma­ry love inter­est in the film, who is played by Lily James.

“Unable to rely on the fame of actors play­ing Jack Malik or Ellie to max­i­mize tick­et and movie sales and rentals, the defen­dant con­se­quent­ly used Ms. De Armas’ fame, bril­liance and bril­liance to pro­mote the film by includ­ing his scenes in the movie trail­ers announc­ing Yes­ter­day,” the law­suit reads.

Uni­ver­sal declined to comment.

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