7 Jun 2014 12:35 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Evan Rachel Wood (Image Source: Kristin Dos Santos/Wikimedia Commons)
Everybody has the right to change their mind, right? Well, usually. Unless you're a high-paid Hollywood actress and are breaking a promise to appear in film that promises to be blockbuster.
Evan Rachel Wood had agreed to appear in the sequel to 10 Things I Hate About You, but is now changing her mind and is dropping out. She was paid $300,000 to star in 10 Things I Hate About Life, but "seemingly changed her mind about appearing in the film during principle photography, ultimately refusing without any legal justification to fulfill her contractual obligations and instead opted to walk out of the project," according to a lawsuit.
A lawsuit? Yes, she is being sued for $30 million after changing her mind about the film.
According to Wood's representative, "The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers." The rep went on to say that production was shut down in February of 2013 because producers ran out of cash and Wood then agreed to resume production in November.
"However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed," the rep explained. "Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract."
The lawsuit being brought against Wood tells a different story. It says everyone entered into a written actors agreement on November 26, 2012, and that Wood was now in breach of that contract. The lawsuit charges that producers had to temporarily suspend production in January 2013 and resumed principle photography in February, but Wood was saying she wasn't able to participate until November. She then claimed that she fulfilled her contractual obligations by doing eleven days of principle photography and refused to come back for seven full weeks of work. The producer begged Wood, but she wanted "significant additional sums of money."
The lawsuit names both Wood and As You Were Productions as defendants and is asking for $30 million to "cover equity investments, financing costs, damages, lost profits, and attorney fees." And if Wood's rep is right that the film is in financial trouble, that $30 million would probably go far to bring it out of trouble.