Lena Headey ‘sued by former agency for $1.5million over her scrapped role in Thor: Love and Thunder’


Lena Headey being ‘sued by former agency for $1.5million over her scrapped role in Thor: Love and Thunder’

Lena Headey is reportedly being sued by her former agency for $1.5million (£1,226,492) over her scrapped role in Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Variety reports that the 48-year-old actress’s former U.K. agency Troika has filed a lawsuit over unpaid commission fees relating to a number of projects including the upcoming blockbuster film – despite her scenes being cut from the final edit.

The publication states that Troika, which rebranded as YMU in 2020, is seeking $500,000 from Lena’s Thor: Love and Thunder salary, which is the equivalent to 7% of her fee. 

Legal action: Lena Headey is reportedly being sued by her former agency for $1.5million (£1,226,492) over her scrapped role in Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder (pictured in 2019)

Legal action: Lena Headey is reportedly being sued by her former agency for $1.5million (£1,226,492) over her scrapped role in Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder (pictured in 2019)

According to court documents, Lena signed up with Troika back in 2005 after following her longtime agent Michael Duff to the talent firm following his departure from previous agency Lou Carl Associates.

In 2017, Troika merged with the James Grant Group. The following year it was acquired by a private equity firm before being rebranded as YMU.

Michael Duff left the agency in 2020, with Lena later following suit and leaving in May that same year.

However, Troika are reportedly claiming that Lena did not pay all the money owed to them before leaving and as a result are seeking an account of commission fees owed, an order for Lena to pay the fees, damages for breach of contract, interest and reimbursement of legal fees. 

Cut: Variety reports that the 48-year-old actress's former U.K. agency Troika has filed a lawsuit over unpaid commission fees relating to a number of projects including the upcoming blockbuster film - despite her scenes being cut from the final edit (pictured Thor stars Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth)

Cut: Variety reports that the 48-year-old actress’s former U.K. agency Troika has filed a lawsuit over unpaid commission fees relating to a number of projects including the upcoming blockbuster film – despite her scenes being cut from the final edit (pictured Thor stars Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth)

In addition to her Thor salary, it’s said that the agency is also claiming that they’re owed $300,000 commission from the Game Of Throne star’s role in film 9 Bullets as well as a further $650,000 for Showtime dramedy series Rita – which was not commissioned beyond the pilot.

Variety reports that the 300 actress has disputed Troika’s claims, saying that she never actually signed a contract with them and had been instead being doing business with Michael via a longstanding oral agreement made when he was still with Lou Carl Associates in the late 1990s.

She also is said to have claimed that she initially got the role in the Thor movie after director Taika Waititi approached her directly.

Fees: The publication states that Troika, which rebranded as YMU in 2020, is seeking $500,000 from Lena's Thor: Love and Thunder salary, which is the equivalent to 7% of her fee

Fees: The publication states that Troika, which rebranded as YMU in 2020, is seeking $500,000 from Lena’s Thor: Love and Thunder salary, which is the equivalent to 7% of her fee

Defence: Variety reports that the 300 actress has disputed Troika's claims, saying that she never actually signed a contract with them

Defence: Variety reports that the 300 actress has disputed Troika’s claims, saying that she never actually signed a contract with them

In addition, Lena also allegedly noted that Troika wasn’t her only agent and that the Creative Arts Agency (CAA) represented her in the U.S.

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Lena, Marvel and YMU Group (formerly Troika) for comment.

Lena is known for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, which she played for eight seasons.

She has also appeared in films including 300, Gunpowder Milkshake and The Purge.  

Actress: Lena is known for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones, which she played for eight seasons

Actress: Lena is known for her role as Queen Cersei Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, which she played for eight seasons

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