At the premiere of Wes Anderson’s film “Asteroid City” in New York, the cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston, and Rupert Friend, shared their thoughts on the ongoing writers strike in Hollywood.
Johansson expressed that the outcome of the strike will have a lasting impact on how revenue is determined in the industry. She emphasized the need for this change and the importance of creatives coming together to support this significant shift.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) initiated the strike on May 1 after failing to reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP). SAG-AFTRA, another major union, began negotiations with the studios shortly after. An actors strike could disrupt the marketing campaigns of major film releases. SAG-AFTRA is seeking regulations on artificial intelligence, a fair streaming residual formula, and restrictions on self-taped auditions, among other issues. Their agreement is scheduled to end on June 30.
Bryan Cranston reflected on his experience working on the Wes Anderson film and emphasized the importance of human interaction in the creative process. He expressed concern about the impact of artificial intelligence on social interaction and creativity in the industry. He believes that fewer people involved leads to a less human and less interesting environment.
Adrien Brody acknowledged the significance of the issues at hand and expressed the hope that all parties involved can find a resolution that works for everyone. He recognized the concerns surrounding technology and emphasized the need for alignment among industry professionals.
Rupert Friend echoed Steven Soderbergh’s recent remarks about the industry being at a critical juncture. He highlighted the importance of fair compensation for writers, as they are the originators of content. Friend expressed his full support for the writers and their quest for fair rewards.
The cast members’ comments reflect their concerns about the impact of the strike and their support for fair treatment of writers. Wes Anderson’s film “Asteroid City” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and is set to be theatrically released by Focus Features.