Ana de Armas fans sue Universal after she was cut out of Yesterday

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Fans of Ana de Armas are suing Universal Studios after cutting the actress's scenes from the 2019 musical romance, Yesterday.

The movie centres on a budding musician, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), who after a mass blackout ascends to global fame after becoming the only person alive to remember the Beatles, and performs the band's songs to acquire fame.

The No Time to Die actress recorded scenes for the film, having been cast as one of Malik's love interests called Roxane, and would "serenade" her with a rendition of 'Something' — but her scenes ultimately got cut despite appearing in the trailer.

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As a result, two of the star's fans filed a federal class action lawsuit on Friday (January 21), alleging they were tricked into renting the movie priced $3.99 on Amazon Prime – before finding that de Armas was not in Yesterday's final cut, reports Variety.

The suit has alleged that Universal engaged in deceptive marketing, and they are looking to take back at least $5 million for affected consumers.

The lawsuit says: "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."

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Photo credit: Universal

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Speaking to CinemaBlend in 2019, director Richard Curtis already explained that audiences did not like the idea of Malik moving away from his primary love interest, who is played by Lily James.

"That was a very traumatic cut, because she was brilliant in it. I mean really radiant," Curtis acknowledged. "You know, it's one of those things where it’s some of our favourite scenes from the film, but we had to cut them for the sake of the whole."

Variety also explains an appeals court dismissed a similar case centring on 2011 Ryan Gosling movie Drive, which alleged that the trailer was deceptive in that it promised a "high speed action driving film" instead of the slow-paced violent drama that it was.

"A review of the trailer demonstrates that it is not particularly inconsistent with the content of the film," the Michigan court said. "Every scene displayed in the preview also appeared in the film."

Variety reached out to Universal but they declined to comment.

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