Ana de Armas fans file lawsuit after being cut from ‘Yesterday’
Not happy. After a pair of praised fans Yesterdayexpecting to see Ana de Armas after he appeared in the trailer, they were disappointed that his scenes did not make it into the final cut of the film.
Amid their despondency, the individuals filed a class action lawsuit against the movie studio on Friday, January 21. They claimed they each paid $3.99 to rent the film – released in June 2019 – on Amazon Prime after seeing the Knives out actress, 33, in the trailer. After the film was completed, they discovered that the Cuban native’s scenes had been deleted.
According to court documents, obtained by We Weeklythe duo is suing for $5 million in damages on behalf of affected consumers after alleging that the defendant (Universal Studios) published “false, misleading and deceptive advertising” for the production.
“Because consumers were promised a movie starring Ana De Armas by the trailer of Yesterday but did not receive any movies with an Ana de Armas appearance, these consumers received no value for their rental or purchase,” the complaint reads.
The suit named de Armas as “a talented, successful and famous actress” and claimed that her fame was the only way to market the film.
“The main actors of the film Yesterday were largely unknown prior to the release of the film,” their complaint read. “For example, the actor who played the protagonist Malik, Himesh Patelhad never acted or starred in a movie before Yesterday. Likewise, the actress who played Ellie, Lily James, was a relatively unknown name to the casual moviegoer. Therefore, because none of the Yesterday The protagonists of the film were famous, the defendant could not rely on their fame to promote the film in order to attract the public.
Yesterday stars Patel as Jack Malik, an English songwriter who, after supernatural interference, is the only person who remembers The Beatles. While trying to make his loved ones remember the band’s successes, he eventually propelled himself to stardom when he took credit for their songs.
De Armas was to appear as Malik’s love interest, Roxanne, and was included in the film’s trailer and a deleted scene. In the clip, the duo met backstage at The Late Late Show with James Corden and quickly got out. However, test audiences weren’t happy with the love triangle between them and Malik’s childhood friend, Ellie, played by James.
“It was a very traumatic cut because she was glowing in it. I mean really glowing. And [that] turned out to be the problem,” screenwriter Richard Curtis reminded to CinemaBlend in June 2019. “I think the audience likes the story [about Ellie and Jack] and go with that, and it works fine. What we originally did was had, I don’t want to describe it too much, but had Ana de Armas as a complicating factor when it first came to LA.
Curtis, 65, explained at the time: “I think the audience didn’t like the fact that his eyes even wandered. Because then some people would be like, ‘Oh, he really doesn’t deserve her. He really doesn’t deserve Lily. You know, it’s one of those things where it’s some of our favorite scenes from the movie, but we had to cut them for the good of the whole.
Neither Universal nor the no time to die actress have publicly addressed the lawsuit.