Two movie fans are suing Universal Pictures, claiming they were tricked into renting a movie because their favorite actress was in the trailer, only to find out she didn’t make the film’s final cut.
Michael Rozza of California and Conor Woolf of Maryland watched the trailer for Tomorrow, which featured Ana de Armas.
He concluded that de Armas played a role in the film, so he paid $3.99 (£2.94) to rent it.
But when he watched it he found that de Armas – who was initially cast as a love interest for the main character played by Himesh Patel – didn’t appear at all.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Rosza and Mr. Woolf are suing Universal in a proposed class action and filed their complaint in California federal court last Friday.
They are seeking at least $5m (£3.7m) on behalf of California and Maryland residents who paid for the viewing yesterday.
In the complaint, he said: “Although the defendant (Universal) included scenes with Ms. d’Armas in the film’s trailer advertisements, with the aim of promoting Tomorrow and luring the sale and rental of the film, Ms. d’Armas publicly Ain’t and never was – the release version of the film.
“Unable to rely on the fame of actors playing (main character) Jack Malik or Ellie in order to maximize ticket and film sales and rentals, defendants tried to promote the film by including their scenes in film trailers.” Utilized Ms. de Armas’ fame, brilliance and talent. Advertisement Tomorrow,” the lawsuit reads.
Universal has not commented, but film writer Richard Curtis said in 2019 that de Armas’ character Roxanne was cut because it overshadowed the love story between Patel’s character and another woman.
She described it as a “very painful cut”, and said she was “brilliant” and “shining” in the role.