Star Wars 7 Cast Salaries Revealed
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When it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and big numbers, the news this week has been the film's incredible, record-smashing box office success. However, a new set of figures have been reported that are just as fascinating--the estimated earnings of the film's cast. Major spoilers ahead, so use caution if you're trying to avoid any potential plot details for the movie.
Variety have revealed that Harrison Ford is the film's biggest earner by some distance, netting himself an eight figure sum that is estimated to be somewhere in the $10 million to $20 million range. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the other two main stars from the original trilogy, were both paid in the "low-seven-figure range."
Elsewhere, supporting actors Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac received "mid-to-high-six figures," while the movie's two young stars, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, were both paid between $100,000 and $300,000.
Variety explains that the reason for Ford's huge salary was predominantly because Han Solo is killed off in the movie, while Hamill and Fisher will continue to play Luke and Leia in forthcoming sequels. This so-called "legacy pay deal" reflects the fact that their parts will increase in size in subsequent Star Wars films, which will be represented in larger earnings.
Despite being the film's leads, Boyega and Ridley were paid considerably less because they were relatively unknown before appearing in The Force Awakens. Conversely, Driver and Isaac are established actors and their fees are in line with what they earn on other film and TV projects.
These salaries do not include back-end and percentage deals based on the film's profits. Variety reports that, unusually, these do not kick in until The Force Awakens crosses the $1 billion mark worldwide. To date, the movie has made $610 million at the global box office.
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