Following Thursday’s announcement that SAG-AFTRA will join the WGA on pickets, thus preventing both on-camera work and promotional activity for actors, red carpet cancellations have begun.
He Special Ops: Leona premiere, scheduled for July 18 in Los Angeles with stars Zoe Saldaña, Laysla De Oliveira, Nicole Kidman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Kelly, was the first carpet to be discarded, followed by oppenheimerThe New York red carpet, which was set for July 17.
“In support of the ongoing SAG strike, the filmmakers of oppenheimer will not proceed with the New York premiere as originally planned and will instead screen the film to celebrate the team and craftsmen who contributed to making this landmark film,” Universal said in a statement.
Among the events that follow on the calendar (for now) are those of Disney Haunted Mansion opening at Disneyland on Saturday, which the studio is moving forward with without its stars, and the Los Angeles premiere of Martha on July 17.
The strike began at midnight on Friday, with the actors picketing that morning. According to the guidelines, the union’s 160,000 affected members are prohibited from doing all major jobs on and off camera, such as voice acting and narration, as well as participating in promotional activities including premieres, interviews, festivals, FYC events, awards. shows and podcasts. Oppenheimer’s London premiere was barely completed on time after Universal moved up carpet time by an hour to allow the all-star cast to take photos and do interviews before the strike went into effect. Stars Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Cillian Murphy walked out of the event before the screening when the strike was called.
SAG-AFTRA announced the work stoppage after negotiations with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers failed on Wednesday night. The group representing studios and streamers said it had “unveiled an agreement that offered historic salary and residual increases, substantially higher caps on pension and healthcare contributions, hearing protections, shorter series option periods and an innovative proposition.” of artificial intelligence that protects the digital images of the actors”. SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher called the offer “insulting and disrespectful of our massive contributions to this industry,” criticizing “how they claim poverty when they give hundreds of millions of dollars to their CEOs.” It’s disgusting. I am ashamed of them. They are on the wrong side of history at this very moment.”