The highly anticipated films Barbie and Oppenheimer are set to release on July 21, but may face a major crisis due to a possible strike in the Hollywood Actors Guild. The Screen Actors Guild, founded in 1933, represents and defends the labor and artistic interests of its members. Negotiating wage agreements, benefits, and rights protection in film, television and new media productions, the union also promotes diversity and inclusion in the industry.
According to Variety, a strike could occur as of June 30 if a new contract is not established to meet the union’s demands. This could potentially leave ad campaigns vulnerable to cancellation. All Hollywood actors are affiliated with SAG, meaning the absence of stars from press interviews could result in delays and cancellations of the film’s release.
The impact of a strike on Hollywood would be significant since actors are fundamental pieces in the production of movies and television shows. It would not only jeopardize publicity, but halt the production of new movies and shows, leading to project delays and cancellations that would result in economic losses for film and television studios.
Nevertheless, the release of these films is highly anticipated. Barbie, starring Margot Robbie, promises to bring a renewal to the toy brand. Robbie perfectly embodies Barbie’s iconic elegance and sophistication, and her performance is expected to be full of style, adventure and empowerment. Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy, dives into the life of brilliant nuclear scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, exploring the intricacies and contradictions of the genius behind the Manhattan Project.
Both films are set to release on July 21. Despite the potential strikes, audiences are ready to enjoy these highly-anticipated films.