While Headey’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” performance failed to make the final cut, her former agency believes she owes a hefty commission.
None of the scenes Lena Headey filmed for “Thor: Love and Thunder” made it to the finals, but that hasn’t stopped former representatives of the “Game of Thrones” star from suing her.
Headey’s former agency, Troika, has filed a lawsuit alleging the actress owes $1.5 million in unpaid commissions (via Variety), including $500,000 of her “Thor: Love and Thunder” salary. The agency also wants a $300,000 commission for the movie “9 Bullets” and $650,000 for the scrapped Showtime series “Rita.” Headey had signed up to play the titular character on the show, but Showtime decided not to move forward after seeing the pilot.
According to court documents, Headey signed with Troika in 2005, when her longtime agent Michael Duff left his position at Lou Carl Associates to join the agency. Troika merged with James Grant Group in 2017, before being acquired by a private equity firm and renamed YMU in 2018. Headey left the agency in May 2020, once again following in the footsteps of Michael Duff.
But the agency claims she did not pay the company all the money she owed it before she left. Her former agency is currently seeking an account of the commission fees owed, an injunction for Headey to pay the fees, damages for breach of contract, interest and legal fees.
Headey disputes Troika’s claim, saying she never signed a contract with the agency and had done business with Duff through a lengthy verbal agreement. The actress claims that she and Duff have never changed the terms of their deal since they reached an oral agreement in the 1990s. She also notes that Troika only handled her European affairs and that throughout their business relationship she was also represented by CAA in the United States.
Headey is best known for her long-running role as Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” a performance that earned her five Primetime Emmy nominations. She will next star in the upcoming HBO miniseries “The White House Plumbers” alongside Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux and Kathleen Turner. Other upcoming roles include the AMC series “Beacon 23” and the movie “9 Bullets,” in which she stars alongside Sam Worthington.