Now this could get interesting. It’s been a (very) open secret that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was being split into two movies under new director Bill Condon, but before that could happen, Summit needed to make new deals with all its actors — who were only signed on for four films. And that process just hit a snag.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the supporting actors that make up the Cullen teenagers, specifically Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz, are holding out for higher salaries — to the tune of $4 million, for each star, for each movie:
[Ashley and Kellan] are trying to sink their teeth into bigger paydays that, at least at this point, the studio behind the billion-dollar franchise is unwilling to provide. “We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point,” says a source close to the dealmaking.
So are we headed for a recasting on the final “Twilight”?
There is precedent for such a tactic. After the success of the first film, Summit axed Rachelle Lefevre, who played Victoria, in part because her reps played hardball on money and scheduling.
Entertainment Weekly fills in some more details regarding the other Cullens:
Greene and Lutz had initially banded together with fellow co-stars Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone to form a united front, but sources say Reed backed down and is now close to finalizing her deal, which is said to be in the $750,000-$1 million range per film — the amount Summit initially offered the four cast members. (Rathbone’s status remains unclear.)
$4 million per movie is an awful lot for characters who, as beloved as they are, don’t have much screen time — especially given the many other cast members that also have to be paid. Sure, the movies make boatloads of money, but that’d be $16 million going solely to Ashley and Kellan.
Now, the truth is, they don’t expect to actually be paid that much, and they just want Summit to increase its offer. But I’m worried that the move could be seen as greedy or could get them fired. What do you think?