Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over release of ‘Black Widow’

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Actress claims the company violated its contract by releasing the film on streaming at the same time it opened in theaters

Scarlett Johansson, the star of the superhero movie of MarvelBlack Widow“, sued the Walt disney on Thursday alleging that the company violated its contract by releasing the film on streaming at the same time it opened in theaters.

The dual-throw strategy reduced Johansson’s compensation, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

“Black Widow” was released on July 9 in theaters and for $30 on the streaming platform Disney+. Disney has been testing the double release plan for some movies during the coronavirus pandemic, while trying to boost your streaming service.

Johansson’s lawsuit asserts that Disney wanted to drive audiences to the streaming platform, “where it could keep revenues for itself while at the same time growing Disney+’s subscriber base, a proven way to raise the stock price of Disney”.

“Secondly, Disney wanted to substantially devalue Ms. Johansson’s agreement and thereby enrich,” the lawsuit said.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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