Class action lawsuit fired at Universal over Yesterday’s ‘misleading trailer’

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The lack of the promised Ana de Armas in the film Yesterday has led to a sizeable legal case being brought against Universal.

All of those people who went to watch No Time to Die and were left bemused by the lack of Ana de Armas in the film – she was one of the highlights of the movie, but got precious little screen time – have been well and trumped by this story emerging from The Hollywood Reporter. Universal is reportedly being sued, with a class action lawsuit that accuses it of misleading audiences by featuring Ana de Armas in the trailer for the film Yesterday. The problem? de Armas does not feature in the final film.

The lawsuit states: ‘Although Defendant included the scenes with Ms. De Armas in the movie trailer advertisements, for the purposes of promoting Yesterday and enticing film sales and rentals, Ms. De Armas is not and was never in the publicly released version of the movie.’

Furthermore, the use of The Beatles’ track Something in the trailer, which also doesn’t appear in the final film, is named as a further complaint.

The accusers are seeking $5m in damages on behalf of the residents of California and Maryland who were ‘misled.’ It will be interesting to see how this case develops, and should there be end up being a payout from the studio, whether this may affect trailer production. A practice which commonly uses iconic musical numbers that then don’t feature in the films themselves.

We’ll keep you updated on this one as we hear more.

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