Why Scarlett Johansson Might Have a Case Against Disney in ‘Black Widow’ Pay Suit | Analysis

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Why Scarlett Johansson Might Have a Case Against Disney in ‘Black Widow’ Pay Suit | Analysis

Scarlett Johansson rocked Hollywood on Thursday by suing Disney for lost income from its decision to release “Black Widow” on both Disney+ and in theaters — and multiple insiders say the actress appears to have a case against the megastudio she’s called home for 11 years. What’s more, if she can prove damages, Disney may have to pay Johansson even more than the $50 million windfall that insiders told the Wall Street Journal she stood to gain from the Marvel film hitting box office-based targets. And Johansson may not be the only Disney star who stands to gain. “They’re going to have to cut a check for at least $50 million to ScarJo (and likely more) and also for other similarly situated talent on their films that are doing simultaneous theatrical/streaming releases,” one top agent told TheWrap. Devin McRae, Partner at Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP, told TheWrap that Johansson could win in court. “It looks she has a strong case on liability, and her claim on breach of contract and interference by Disney seems pretty strong,” McRae said. “I suppose the larger burden would be proving damages. Essentially, she will have to prove what she would’ve earned...

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