Scarlett Johansson SUES Disney for 'costing her $50 million' in Black Widow profits, while the studio blasts the'sad and callous' lawsuit.
Scarlett Johansson, star of BLACK Widow, is suing Disney for releasing her new Marvel film on its streaming service concurrently with its theatrical release.
The 36-year-old action star filed the lawsuit on Thursday, claiming that the move will almost certainly cost her more than $50 million in profit.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Scarlett alleges that Disney is in breach of contract because her deal included an exclusive theatrical release for the film.
On July 9, Black Widow was released in theaters and on Disney+.
According to the outlet, the suit alleged that "Disney purposefully induced Marvel's breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from fully benefiting from her bargain with Marvel.""
According to reports, a sizable portion of the actress' salary for Black Widow was based on the film's box office success.
Scarlett's lawyer, John Berlinski, stated: "This will undoubtedly not be the last time Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, regardless of what the company claims, it is legally required to honor its contracts.""
Originally scheduled for release in May 2020, the film was repeatedly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
DISNEY DEVELOPS AN 'UNRESPONSIVE' ATTITUDE
Disney eventually settled on a July 9 release date, then chose to simultaneously launch the film on its streaming platform.
Disney was allegedly more concerned with growing its subscription service and stock than with honoring its contract with Scarlett.
Scarlett and her team attempted to renegotiate her contract following the decision to release her film in theaters and on streaming, but both Disney and Marvel were allegedly "unresponsive."
Following the movie star's lawsuit, Disney reacted angrily, calling the move "sad" and "callous."
The House Of Mouse stated on Thursday that "there is no merit to this filing." "
The lawsuit is particularly heartbreaking and distressing in its callous disregard for the pandemic's horrific and protracted global effects.”
'DEPRESSING AND OUTRAGEOUS LAWSUIT'
Additionally, they asserted Scarlett has "already received" $20 million for her contributions to the film.
“With the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access, her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has already earned has significantly increased "They contended.
The actress reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel film, which follows Iron Man 2, Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Endgame.
Despite the fact that her character was killed off in Avengers: Endgame, she reprised her role in Black Widow, a film set in a previous era, to tell the character's origin story.
Apart from the Marvel films, she has starred in Her, Lost in Translation, Ghost World, and Home Alone 3, as well as providing the voice of Mindy in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, her films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide.
Scarlett has an estimated net worth of $165 million as of 2020.
Scarlett is not only a successful actress; she is also a wife and mother.
She has been married to Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Jost since 2020, and the couple announced earlier this month that they are expecting their first child together, with the baby expected to arrive "shortly."
While Colin's child will be his first, Scarlett already has a daughter from her previous marriage to Romain Dauriac.
Rose Dorothy Dauriac is a six-year-old girl who was born on August 30, 2014.