Two movie fans, including one from San Diego, sued Universal Pictures Friday, alleging in federal court they were tricked into renting a 2019 film, “Yesterday.”
In the suit, filed in Los Angeles, the plaintiffs say they rented the film because actress Ana de Armas appeared in the trailer, but then found she was not in the complete film.
Peter Michael Rosza, 44, of San Diego, and Conor Woulfe, 38, of Maryland, contend they each paid $3.99 to rent the musical romantic comedy on Amazon Prime, only to discover that de Armas was removed from the final cut.
The proposed class-action suit alleges that the trailer for “Yesterday” led fans to expect a full movie with de Armas, “but did not receive a movie with any appearance of Ana de Armas at all.”
As a result, “such consumers were not provided with any value for their rental or purchase,” Rosza and Woulfe contend.
A Universal representative did not respond to a request for comment after regular business hours.
The suit seeks to recoup at least $5 million on behalf of fans.
“Yesterday” is the story of a struggling musician who suddenly finds himself the only person who has ever heard of The Beatles and becomes famous after reintroducing their songs to the world. It gets its title from the classic 1965 Beatles song.
De Armas, 33, was originally cast as a co-star. Although she appeared in the trailer and certain advertising, her role ended up on the cutting room floor, according to the suit.
– City News Service