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Elizabeth Olsen Praises ‘Tough’ Scarlett Johansson amid Disney Lawsuit: ‘Good for You Scarlett’

Elizabeth Olsen; Scarlett Johansson

Elizabeth Olsen; Scarlett Johansson

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Elizabeth Olsen is the most recent celeb to indicate assist for Scarlett Johansson amid her lawsuit in opposition to Disney.

Olsen, 32, praised her fellow Avengers star final week in a dialog with Jason Sudeikis for Vanity Fair.

“I feel she’s so robust and actually once I learn that I used to be like, ‘Good for you Scarlett,'” Olsen remarked.

The remark got here whereas Olsen answered a query on whether or not actors had been apprehensive about films having a more durable time hitting theaters post-pandemic.

“Not worried on Scarlett’s behalf. But I’m worried about small movies getting the opportunity to be seen in theaters. That was already a thing pre-COVID,” she stated, later including: “But 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.”

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Olsen’s remark comes after Johansson filed a lawsuit in opposition to Disney final month, alleging that the media conglomerate breached her contract when it launched her first solo Marvel movie Black Widow concurrently in theaters and on its streaming platform Disney+. In the lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE, she argued that her Black Widow contract with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment was for a assured theater launch, with nearly all of her earnings coming from field workplace gross sales.

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” the swimsuit stated.

Marvel'S Captain America: Civil War

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

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In an announcement obtained by PEOPLE, her legal professional John Berlinski stated: “It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like Black Widow directly onto Disney+ to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company’s stock price — and that it’s hiding behind COVID-19 as a pretext to do so. But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of its films in furtherance of this short-sighted strategy violates their rights and we look forward to proving as much in court. This will surely not be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.”

Disney subsequently argued that there’s “no benefit in any respect to this submitting” in an announcement to PEOPLE. “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” they stated.

“Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date,” the assertion continued.

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Disney has since confronted backlash from Women in Film, Los Angeles, ReFrame and TIME’S UP, calling the networks response to Johansson’s lawsuit a “gendered character assault.” Her agent Bryan Lourd additionally accused Disney of making an attempt to “weaponize her success” by together with her wage of their assertion.

On Friday, Disney filed a movement with the Los Angeles Superior Court to move the lawsuit to binding arbitration in New York. Berlinski responded in an announcement. “After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration,” he stated.

Johansson’s first look within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Widow (a.okay.a. Natasha Romanoff) got here with 2010’s Iron Man 2, and he or she’s since appeared in 9 movies because the Russian femme fatale.

Black Widow

Black Widow

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The character died in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, however she not too long ago bought her personal solo outing in Black Widow, which premiered final month. The film broke a pandemic field workplace file with an $80 million opening weekend in North America. Overall, the opening grossed $215 million, together with worldwide field workplace gross sales and Disney+ Premier Access leases.

Johansson stated in early July that she has “no plans to return” to the position, even after Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige expressed a need to proceed working along with her. “I feel really satisfied with this film,” she instructed Fatherly. “It feels like a great way to go out for this chapter of my Marvel identity.”


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