A US judge has ruled in favour of fans who sued the makers of the 2019 rom-com film Yesterday for releasing a misleading trailer. The fans allege that they wanted to watch the film, based on the trailer, thinking Ana de Armas would be in it but the actors’ scenes did not make the final cut of the film.
Peter Michael Rosza and Conor Woulfe alleged that they rented the film after watching the trailer, thinking the No Time to Die actor would be in it, and were left disappointed. Rosza and Woulfe had reportedly paid $3.99 each to rent the film on Amazon Prime. Universal Pictures had asked the court to disregard the case by saying that promotional materials like trailers would be protected under freedom of speech as decreed by the US constitution.
But the US district judge Stephen Wilson disagreed with the studios argument on Thursday’s ruling by saying, “At its core, a trailer is an advertisement designed to sell a movie by providing consumers with a preview of the movie.”
The case demands the disappointed fans be given reparations worth around $5m. The lawyers will convene again to discuss the case in April. Yesterday is directed by Danny Boyle and based on a screenplay written by Richard Curtis.