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Why are Ana de Armas fans suing Universal? Plaintiffs seek $5M over 'Yesterday' trailer

Angry fans of Ana de Armas are seeking $5 million in damages from Universal for false, deceptive and misleading advertising
UPDATED JAN 22, 2022
Ana de Armas as Paloma in 'No Time To Die' (MGM)
Ana de Armas as Paloma in 'No Time To Die' (MGM)

Angry Ana de Armas fans have filed a federal class-action for the 2019 movie 'Yesterday' against Universal for "false, deceptive and misleading advertising". Fans have reported that the actress was seen in the trailer but not in the complete film. 

Reportedly the two fans, one named Ptere Michael Rosza, 44 from San Diego Country, California, and another fan named Conor Woulfe, 38 from Howard Country, Maryland, have paid $3.99 as rent to the film. They claim they were deceived by the film as the actress Ana de Armas was not seen. The plaintiffs are claiming that they have suffered a considerable loss of money. Moreover, they are seeking $5 million in damages from Universal. The actress rose to prominence with her role as a holographic AI projection in the science fiction film Blade Runner 2049 (2017). For her performance as nurse Marta Cabrera in 'Knives Out', de Armas was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played Bond girl Paloma in the James Bond film 'No Time to Die' (2021) and is set to portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biographical drama Blonde (2022).


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The complaint against Universal reads, "Because consumers were promised a movie with Ana de Armas by the trailer for 'Yesterday' but did not receive a movie with any appearance of Ana de Armas at all, such consumers were not provided with any value for their rental or purchase." de Armas was supposed to appear as Roxane, a love interest, but her scenes were deleted from the completed film.


The screenwriter Curtis opened up on the matter and said, " That was a very traumatic cut, because she was brilliant in it. I mean, really radiant. You know it's one of those things. It's some of our favourite scenes from the film, but we had to cut them for the sake of the whole." 

The case echoes the complaint filed against 'Drive' in Michigan in 2011. However, the court dismissed that case on several grounds and stated that the trailer was also not deceptive. The defenders in that case also argued that the film and the trailer of the film were protected by the First Amendment.

A fan commented with her opinion on the tweet and said, "That’s like me watching Don’t Look Up and suing that Ariana wasn’t in the movie for more than 5 minutes."