Antoinette Abbamonte, who is herself deaf, made the statement after learning that a character in Jolie’s upcoming film, ‘The Eternals,’ had the same features as hers.
Abbamonte, who worked for Jolie, 44 from 2016 to 2019, emailed her in May 2018 about his idea of a superhero able to read people’s intentions and minds afterwards. have lost their ability to hear.
Shortly after their email exchange, obtained by DailyMailTV, Jolie was selected to star in the Marvel superhero film ‘The Eternals’, which is due out in 2020 and stars the superhero. deaf Makkari, who will be played by “ The Walking Dead ” actress Lauren Ridloff.
Now Abbamonte is asking for credit and compensation for the idea, according to the outlet.
“It looks like you specifically requested Antoinette’s deaf superhero idea and marketed it with Marvel Studios and Disney without compensating Antoinette,” Abbamonte attorney Michael Ahmadshahi wrote to the team. Jolie’s legal claim in an official letter of formal notice issued on September 13. by the Daily Mail.
Jolie’s team did not respond to a request for comment, the outlet reported.
Abbamonte says that after mentioning the superhero idea, the actress started asking him more and more questions before the character finally found her way into the “The Eternals” storyline. Jolie’s inducements made Abbamonte so uncomfortable that she physically tensed up whenever the Hollywood superstar brought up the subject.
The letter of formal notice to Jolie’s team states that the actress “sought to receive as much information from Antoinette about her deafness as (she) could”.
Abbamonte says she learned Jolie helped make her idea her own when Disney and Marvel Studios announced the distribution of the movie, which Jolie is set to star, at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
“I asked Angelina directly, ‘How did this happen? Abbamonte said in the Daily Mail interview. “Did you take my idea?”
“She responded by saying, ‘The universe works in mysterious ways. “
Jolie, who will play Thena in the upcoming Marvel movie, has yet to respond to Abbamonte’s claims. Meanwhile, “The Eternals” is set to hit theaters on November 6, 2020.