Woulfe and Rosza say they each paid approximately $3.99 to rent “Yesterday” and claim that — if it weren’t for Universal’s “false, deceptive and misleading advertisting” — they would not have paid to view the movie.
The movie itself — directed by British filmmaker Danny Boyle — is about an aspiring singer-songwriter, Jack, who discovers he’s the only person in the world that can remember the Beatles following a freak incident.
Jack then skyrockets to worldwide fame by claiming the band’s music as his own.
De Armas was due to appear as a love interest for the main character in “Yesterday” but her scenes were removed from the final cut.
The movie stars Himesh Patel and Lily James — whose fame the lawsuit claims Universal was “unable to rely on to maximize ticket and movie sales and rentals,” which the plaintiffs say led the studio to use de Armas in promotional material to boost the film.
The plaintiffs, both from San Diego County, California, are seeking at least $5 million in compensation on behalf of all affected customers.
CNN has contacted Universal for comment.
The lawsuit has similarities to a case in Michigan in 2011 concerning the Ryan Gosling movie “Drive.” The plaintiff alleged that the movie’s advertising materials made it seem as though it would be “a chase, race, or high speed action driving film” — similar to “The Fast and the Furious.” The plaintiff said the preview failed to reflect that the movie included “many segments of slow paced, interpersonal drama,” with moments of graphic violence. An appeals court dismissed the case in 2013.