Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Nicolas Cage to skip Fantasia Film Festival due to SAG-AFTRA strike

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Hollywood star Nicolas Cage will not attend Fantasia Film Festival, billed as one of North America’s biggest genre festivals, following the strike called by the ‘Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Radio and Television Artists’ (SAG-AFTRA).
Cage was due to attend the festival in Montreal, Canada, on July 22 for the world premiere of director Yuval Adler’s “Sympathy for the Devil”, where he was scheduled to receive Fantasia’s ‘Cheval Noir’ career achievement award.
Last week, the ‘Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Radio and Television Artists’ (SAG-AFTRA) voted to team up with the screenwriters under the ‘Writers Guild of America’ (WGA) in the first joint strike after failing to reach a consensus for a new contract with the studios and streaming services, represented by the ‘Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ (AMPTP).
Fantasia, which runs July 20 to August 9, shared the update on its official website.
“We’re sad to announce that due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Nicolas Cage will no longer be able to attend the festival next weekend. We’ll be updating our website regularly as we receive news from other announced guests while circumstances evolve. Our hearts are with the actors, as well as with the WGA and we hope to see the unions get a fair deal soon,” the festival organisers said in the statement.
Following the confirmation of the SAG strike on July 13, Judy Greer, star of “Aporia”, one of Fantasia’s other high-profile premieres, did not appear to be available for interview by American entertainment outlet ‘Variety’. (PTI)