Two US moviegoers have been court-sanctioned to sue a Hollywood studio over a misleading trailer that prompted them to hire their favorite actress for a film that made the final cut during editing.
When they each spent $3.99 to watch the movie “Yesterday” on Amazon Prime, two people, one from California and the other from Maryland, thought they saw the familiar actress Ana de Armas. He played a spy in the James Bond film “Dying Can Wait”.
The actress initially appeared in the trailer of the Universal Pictures production. But in the final version of “Yesterday,” which tells the story of a musician immersed in a parallel reality where the Beatles never existed, there is no trace of the thirty-year-old who was cut during editing.
What is to be returned against the studio and alleged fraud, a class action that several US media outlets reported on Friday.
According to the complaint, “consumers did not receive the value they expected from their rental or purchase.”
In its defense, Universal tried to argue that Trailers was protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.
The judge in charge of the case rejected an argument on Thursday that denied the major Hollywood studio.
“In essence, a trailer is an advertisement designed to sell a movie by presenting it to consumers,” the judge opined, thus authorizing the lawsuit.
Universal did not immediately respond Friday evening when contacted by AFP.
In their appeal, the disappointed fans sought five million dollars in damages.
The case is coming up for hearing on April 3.
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