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The Hollywood gender pay gap has become an enormous hot button issue in recent years. Many industries have a nasty habit of paying women less than men for equal work, and the entertainment industry is one of the most egregious offenders in this particular category. However, the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems to show some signs of progress, as Felicity Jones took home the biggest paycheck out of the entire cast.
A new report form THR confirms that Felicity Jones was the highest paid actor on the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by a substantial margin. Although the exact figure remains a mystery, the report indicates that Jones was the only member of the cast to take home a seven-digit income for her work on the production. For the sake of comparison, Jones' male co-stars barely managed to take home paychecks in the middle six-figure range.
It's not necessarily surprising to learn that Felicity Jones garnered such immense pay for her work on Rogue One. After all, she's an Academy aAward nominated actress (which she earned for her work on The Theory of Everything) who has experienced a surge of hits and critical praise in recent years. If any actress is going to represent a turning point in the war for equal pay, then it definitely would make sense to see Jones take that honor.
However, whether or not this trend will continue in the Star Wars franchise remains a mystery. Despite the fact that Rogue One has a very definitive ending, Felicity Jones has an option in her contract to appear as Jyn Erso in another Star Wars movie. If she actually decides to revive Jyn at some point, then we can likely expect her to take home a similar paycheck.
Of course, there's still quite a bit of work that needs to be done on this particular issue. Although Felicity Jones took home a substantial paycheck for her work on Rogue One, other A-listers like Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence have been notably short-changed for their work on recent films. At this point there's no real guarantee that Felicity Jones' paycheck on Rogue One represents the sort of monumental shift that we've been waiting for, but there's definitely evidence to support such a case. At the end of the day progress is progress.
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