Elizabeth Olsen backs Scarlett Johansson to sue Disney for breach of contract

Elizabeth Olsen backs Scarlett Johansson to sue Disney for breach of contract

“WandaVision” star – Elizabeth Olsen – supports Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over compensation issues in the context of online movie distribution.

Elizabeth Olsen said of the lawsuit in an interview with Vanity Fair on August 20: “She was very tough and when I read the news I thought ‘Good for you, Scarlett’.” The star insists that he is not worried about Johansson and the actor’s remuneration, because all are included in the contract.

The interview revolved around the topic of movies in theaters in the context of Covid-19. According to Elizabeth Olsen, one of the things she worries about is the existence of cinemas when streaming services take over. The star is interested in the cinematic opportunities of small films, art films. “I love going to the cinema and not necessarily being an Oscar contender or a blockbuster,” she said. The actress also hopes the big studios have a solution, at least in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Olsen (left) and Scarlett Johansson once starred in the Avengers.  Photo: AP

Elizabeth Olsen (left) and Scarlett Johansson once starred in “Avengers”. Photo: AP

Besides Elizabeth Olsen, guests also have Jason Sudeikis – her co-star in Kodachrome (2017). He expressed interest in Scarlett Johansson and the balance between theatrical and online. “I just hope it doesn’t affect the actor’s creative freedom,” he said.

Last month, Scarlett Johansson sued the Walt Disney Company for breach of contract by releasing Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ at the same time. The actor’s side said her salary was affected because “mostly based on box office revenue”. The Wall Street Journal estimated the damage to be more than $50 million. Disney responded to Johansson, calling the allegation “worthless”, calling the lawsuit “callous disregarding the terrible and persistent global effects of Covid-19”.

Elizabeth Olsen and Scarlett Johansson are co-stars in the Avengers series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from Olsen, the Marvel cast has kept quiet. Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista did not directly mention the incident, but wrote on Twitter : “Told they should make a movie about Drax but no!”. He hinted that the studio might not have been sued if it had made a standalone film about his character Drax instead of Black Widow. Alec Baldwin showed his support for the actress by using the hashtag “#TeamScarlett”.


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