After it was revealed from the Sony cyber-attack that actress Jennifer Lawrence was paid less for her role in "American Hustle" than her male counterparts, she is demanding $20 million for her next film with Sony.
Lawrence is slated to play alongside Chris Pratt in the forthcoming film "Passengers," directed by Morten Tyldum, director of the Oscar-nominated "The Imitation Game," according to the The Hollywood Reporter.
Even though Lawrence's role is considered slightly less prominent than Pratt's, Sony agreed to pay the "Hunger Games" actress $20 million while Pratt is slated to make $10 million.
The deal was made before Sony Pictures hired Tom Rothman to replace Amy Pascal
, who stepped down as Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman after the massive cyber-attack by North Korea.
One of the revelations from the hack was an email by Sony President Doug Belgrad in which he commented on the fact that Lawrence was making a smaller percentage of the profit from "American Hustle" than the three men who starred in the movie with her — Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner.
As a result, sources told The Reporter, Lawrence said she wouldn't star in "Passengers" unless she was paid $20 million, and Tyldum said he would abandon the project with her. Fox is reportedly paying Lawrence $15 million to star in the forthcoming film "Joy."
Rothman's challenge is keeping his first film as a Sony executive from going over budget. It is already expected to cost at least $80 million.
But Neal Moritz, one of the "Passengers'" producers, said Sony had no reason to complain about the price of talent for this film.
"You've got the two biggest stars in the world. We're making the movie at a reasonable cost. It's a great script. It's all good," Moritz contends.
Others say it's a pretty high price tag at a time when actors' salaries have dropped somewhat and while they are asked to take smaller payments up front with the promise of more from a film's profits.
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