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SAG-AFTRA Is Telling Actors Not to Work on Michael Bay's Pandemic Movie 'Songbird'

SAG-AFTRA Is Telling Actors Not to Work on Michael Bay's Pandemic Movie 'Songbird'

SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents actors, has issued a “do not work” order for the upcoming pandemic thriller Songbird, which is being produced by Michael Bay.

The movie is set “two years in a future in which the pandemic has not gone away as the virus continues to mutate,” according to Variety.

The film was planning on being made in the middle of the pandemic, but SAG-AFTRA is telling actors not to work on the film. If any member of the union does accept a job on the project, they could be disciplined. The reason for the “do not work” order is reportedly because the production company did not complete a signatory process with the union.

“As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby instructed to withhold any acting services or perform any covered work for this production until further notice from the union,” the union said in a statement. “Please note, accepting employment or rendering services on Songbird; may be considered a violation of Global Rule One. Violating this order may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the SAG-AFTRA Constitution.”

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UPDATE: SAG-AFTRA released this statement on Friday night (July 3), “SAG-AFTRA has rescinded its Do Not Work order for the feature film Songbird and members are free to work on this production effective immediately.”

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