Two fans have filed a consumer protection class-action lawsuit against Universal Studios for “deceptive and misleading advertising” for the 2019 film Yesterday.
According to a recent report by Deadline, the two fans – Conor Woulfe and Peter Michael Rosza – expected to see actress Ana De Armas in the film. However, the actress was cut from the film, which both fans said was misleading for Universal as they had seen the actress in trailers for the film and spent about $3.99 each to watch the film on Amazon.
De Armas was originally slated to star in the film, where her character would share a certain mutual affection with lead actor Himesh Patel. However, according to screenwriter Richard Curtis, De Armas was cut from the film because audiences in test screenings disliked the flirtation between the two in the film.
“Ana De Armas as an aggravating factor when he [Jack] arriving in LA for the first time,” Curtis said in an interview from 2019. “And I think the audience didn’t like that his eyes even wandered. Because then some people would say, ‘Oh, he really doesn’t deserve it. 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 because of the whole thing.”
Woulfe and Rosza allege in their lawsuit that Universal attempted to use De Armas’ star power to promote the film because both Himesh Patel and Lily James — the film’s two stars — were “relatively unknown” to casual fans , despite the fact that both actors have long and varied successes in the acting world, with Patel having starred in the popular British series EastEnders and James with roles in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, baby driver, Mama Mia, and Downton Abbey.
The lawsuit seeks damages and “all monies collected by Plaintiff and the other members of the Class as a result of the Defendants’ unfair competition, as well as an injunction prohibiting the Defendant from continuing and operating its unlawful, unfair and fraudulent conduct.” , which requires rectification, publicity, and grant of such other relief as this court thinks appropriate.”