Elizabeth Olsen speaks out in support of Scarlett Johansson amid lawsuit over OTT release of ‘Black Widow’
Elizabeth Olsen has spoken out in support of her fellow ‘Avengers: Endgame’ co-star Scarlett Johansson, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Disney over the OTT release of her film ‘Black Widow’.
The ‘WandaVision’ star recently had a brief chat with Vanity Fair about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on theatrical releases. While explaining the cons of the pandemic, the actress also commented on Johansson’s recent lawsuit against the production giant.
“I think she’s so tough and literally when I read that I was like, ‘Good for you Scarlett. When it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not,” Olsen explained.
Johansson sued Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ parent company, claiming that her contract was breached when the film was made available simultaneously on the OTT platform, the same day it hit theatres. The actor had also claimed that the company sacrificed the movie’s box office potential to grow its streaming service.
Jason Sudeikis who was also a part of the interview described Johansson’s legal move as “appropriately bad-ass and on-brand.”
Olsen added that she is concerned about movies being released on streaming platforms because that change leaves a negative effect on small-budget films.
“I would like to see art films and art house theatres, and so I do worry about that, and people having to keep these theatres alive. And I don’t know how financially that works for these theatres,” she said.
In the latest development of the ongoing case, Disney has filed for private arbitration in the lawsuit to address whether Johansson is owed millions from the hybrid release of the movie.
Meanwhile, Olsen is fresh out of the success of her stand-alone Marvel series ‘WandaVision’ that was released on the OTT streaming platform early this year. The series was not only a big hit among fans but also went on to become one of the most-watched shows and even picked up a number of Emmy Award nominations, including Best Actress.
Scarlett, on the other hand, has been on a personal high after welcoming her second child. The star welcomed a son with husband Colin Jost.
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