Much has been made about the death of the movie star. Gone are the days of boldface names like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, and Tom Hanks being enough to sell a movie. In a world where franchises are king, actors have become interchangeable. Well, not so fast.
According to a new report by Variety, Hollywood’s biggest stars are still making beaucoup bucks, thanks in large part to the rise of streaming, and the deep pockets of tech companies like Netflix, Apple, and Amazon. Take Daniel Craig, who is said to have walked away with at least $100 million after Rian Johnson sold his two Knives Out sequels to Netflix for a reported $400 million.
Then there’s Dwayne Johnson, who was paid $30 million to star in Amazon’s Red One, a number that Variety reports could end up as high as $50 million, depending on how well the film performs.