The battle between actress Scarlett Johansson and Walt Disney Co. over her contract for the film “Black Widow” has a brand new participant: the highly effective Artistic Artists Company, which represents Ms. Johansson and lots of of Hollywood’s largest stars.
On Thursday, Ms. Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney alleging her contract was breached when the corporate determined to place “Black Widow” on its Disney+ streaming service on the similar time it was launched in film theaters.
Disney mentioned the swimsuit had “no advantage” and referred to as it “particularly unhappy and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and extended international results of the Covid-19 pandemic,” which has saved many film theaters closed and attendance gentle at these which can be open. Disney additionally mentioned Ms. Johansson has been paid $20 million for “Black Widow” already and has the flexibility to earn extra.
“They’ve shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the worldwide Covid pandemic,” CAA Co-Chairman Bryan Lourd mentioned in an announcement.
Mr. Lourd blasted Disney for releasing particulars of Ms. Johansson’s wage and for trying to tie her lawsuit to the pandemic. Disney “included her wage of their press assertion in an try to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that had been one thing she ought to be ashamed of,” he added.