Well, this is a good sign from our friends in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lawrence will take home $8 million more than her co-star Chris Pratt for the upcoming big budget space romance Passengers.
This comes at a time when the gender wage gap in Hollywood is actually pretty massive, as Patricia Arquette highlighted at this year’s Academy Awards. When Forbes crunched numbers in 2013, they found that the men on their list of top-paid actors for the year made two and a half times as much money as the top-paid actresses. Meaning, the leading ladies took home just 40 cents for every dollar the men made.
And even if these actresses are already rolling in millions, it’s still not right – that’s why the reversal of wage roles when it comes to Passenger is a welcomed one.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has agreed to pay Lawrence her asking price of $20 million, while Pratt will get $12 million for the project.
The $150 million project is expected to begin filming in September
The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum is set to direct the film, which will centre on a space traveller on a voyage to a distant planet who wakes up form cryogenic sleep almost a century too early and decides to waken a fellow passenger.
Naturally, a futuristic romance ensues.
We can only hope that other industries take a cue – in the U.S., women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn.