🎞️ A Case for Yesterday
Call it the case of the disappearing actress: Conor Woulfe, of Maryland, and Peter Michael Rosza, of San Diego, are suing Universal Pictures over claims that actress Ana de Armas was advertised in the trailer for the film "Yesterday" only to not appear in the film itself. Because they "did not receive a movie with any appearance of Ana de Armas at all, such consumers were not provided with any value for their rental or purchase," the lawsuit says.
According to Variety, de Armas was supposed to appear in the film but the scenes have been removed. As the film's screenwriter adds, she was cut as viewers did not respond well to her character pulling the protagonist away from his main love interest.
Ultimately, an appeals court has dismissed the case, having reviewed the trailer and finding every clip in the trailer to be present in the film.
Not The First
If such a case seems so frivolous as to be wholly unique, think again. In 2011, Sarah Deming filed a lawsuit against the film "Drive", notes Vanity Fair. Deming claimed the trailer and film did not align thematically, moreover, she claimed the film was antisemitic. The case stayed in the courts for seven years before finally being dismissed.
If your argument is that a trailer deceived you about a 90 minute film and that you wasted your time, spending years trying to win back the few dollars you paid for the film is a much bigger waste of many more people's time.