The release of an Uzbek action movie has been blocked for using images of US actor Morgan Freeman in its advertising, even though he doesn’t appear in the film.The movie, called Daydi (Rogue), was due to be shown in cinemas this week until Uzbekistan’s film licensing body stepped in. It says that while Freeman features prominently on posters for the film and fleetingly in the trailer, he’s nowhere to be found in the full-length feature submitted for licensing approval. It accuses production studio Timur Film of breaching consumers’ rights by trying to whip up demand for tickets with promises of a big movie star. Timur Film hasn’t yet commented.Government-affiliated Podrobno news agency says the actor’s image was lifted without permission from a movie he did star in – the 2015 action-adventure Last Knights. A comparison between the Daydi poster and the Last Knights trailer shows that Freeman is in identical garb in both.
Uzbek film blocked over lack of Morgan Freeman – BBC News