If you, like me, hopped on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens bandwagon this weekend, then you contributed to the box office-smashing $529 million the film made in just three days. The good news for Disney? All that money more than covered Harrison Ford’s massive Star Wars payday.
According to Variety, the 73-year-old acting vet was paid 50 times more than his castmates, which include newcomers to the trilogy-of-trilogies Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, as well as Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who were featured in Episodes IV through V.
Ford received between $10 million and $20 million for reprising his role as sarcastic Millennium Falcon pilot Han Solo. Meanwhile, Princess Leia (Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Hamill) earned salaries in the low seven figures while Ridley and Boyega (both 23) received between $100,000 and $300,000 for their roles.
The significantly high pay for Fisher, Ford, and Hamill apparently stems from a new “legacy pay scale” that Disney instituted to draw stars of the old films (which were released between 1977 and 1983) back to the multi-billion dollar franchise. It’s a smart move for a studio that desperately wanted to attract new and old fans of the famous series to theaters over the weekend.
But we have to say that as Rey and Finn, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have no doubt established themselves as new favorites in the film franchise. Here’s hoping they can capitalize on that for the next installment in this new trilogy to the tune of a few million dollars — and set a new standard of pay for women and people of color in the film industry in the process.
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