By appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not only is Harrison Ford reviving one of his most beloved film characters, he’s also earning a jaw-droppingly huge paycheque for doing it.
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Ford was paid a whopping US$34.7 million to return to the Millennium Falcon, in addition of 0.5 per cent of the gross profits, which is expected to earn the 76-year-old star a minimum of an additional US$18 million.
This is reportedly far more than the salaries earned by Ford’s fellow co-stars from the original Star Wars trilogy, with a Disney insider telling The Mail that Han Solo more than any other character was key to bridging the new movie with the original films.
“Harrison is the key to making this movie work,”; said a Disney source. “He’s the link between the old generation and the new. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were good to get, but the film could have lived without them. You couldn’t make it without Harrison Ford.”;
While Carrie Fisher was reportedly paid US$2 million to reprise the role of Princess Leia, The Mail claims that Ford’s paycheque is 76 times higher than that of stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who were paid US$623,000 each.
According to estimates, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to bring in worldwide box office receipts of US$2.7 billion.