Lena Headey was going to have a small role in Thor: Love and Thunder, the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, his participation was part of the material that director Taika Waititi had to eliminate, in order to reduce the four hours of the original cut to the official two hours. But that is not the worst. Now it turns out that Headey is being sued by her former talent agency, alleging that the actor owes $1.5 million in commissions from a handful of projects. Among them, the fourth installment of the saga of the God of Thunder.
The lawsuit comes from the British agency YMU Group, formerly called Troika. Lena Headey joined her in 2005, and Michael Duff — the actress’s manager since the late 1990s — became a co-founder of the organization. However, both Headey and Duff left YMU in the first half of 2020. Two years later, the interpreter of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones is the subject of accusations about maintaining debts with his former agency.
According to Varietythe plaintiff demands from Lena Headey a commission of $500 thousand dollars for Thor: Love and Thunder; another $300,000 for the thriller 9 Bulletsand a third of $650 thousand for Rita, a Showtime serial project that ultimately failed to prosper beyond a pilot episode. With such a legal move, Troika / YMU intends that the histrion not only pay such debts, but also damages for breach of contract, plus interest and reimbursement of legal fees.
For his part, Headey alleges that he never signed any contract with that agency. She claims that she always had a merely verbal agreement with Michael Duff. But also —according to statements paraphrased in the same report—Troika/YMU never acted as its sole representative. In the United States, the English actress has the shelter of the Agency for Artists and Creatives (CAA, for its acronym in English).
Likewise, the Emmy nominee asserts that Troika / YMU never mediated in the negotiations to 9 Bullets either Thor: Love and Thunder. She even points out that Taika Waititi communicated directly with her to discuss her participation in the Marvel tape. And as for the frustrated comic series RitaLena Headey claims to have only received $325,000 for the pilot episode. Of that amount, the agency would have already received the $22,750 dollars that corresponded to it.
At the moment, it is unknown what the role of Lena Headey was going to play in the new tape of the Nordic Avenger. On the other hand, she wasn’t the only star to film scenes that ultimately won’t appear on film. A few days ago, Christian Bale – interpreter of the antagonistic Gorr, the Butcher of the Gods – revealed that there was material with Peter Dinklage and Jeff Goldblum that sadly ended up on the floor of the editing room (via CBR).
Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in Mexican theaters on July 7.
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