The Hollywood landscape is much different nowadays than it was even ten years ago. Back when I grew up, sequels were only made when a film was successful. As a result, we had a lot of instances where the original cast simply didn’t return to the franchise? Why? Because they had better things to do and more creative fish to fry. The by-product was a whole lot of film sequels that really had no justification for existing.
Nowadays, it’s practically impossible for an actor to jump on board without selling their soul for a good handful of films, be it in full films or simple appearances in ancillary franchises. Obviously the studio best known for this practice is none other than Marvel Studios, the creative force that pioneered the idea of a cinematic universe before it was actually a thing (up until then, it was pretty much just original, prequels, sequels, and maybe inferior spinoffs, but never fully-fledged universes).
As expected, this trend seems to have bled over into Lucasfilm. A new report from THR not only revealed that actress Felicity Jones received a substantially higher upfront salary than her co-stars for her portrayal of Jyn Erso (seven figures as opposed to mid-six figure salaries — I know, these guys are starving), but it also revealed that she has one sequel option in her contract. This means that should Lucasfilm decide, they can call up Jones and have her show up in another Star Wars flick.
This seems to fly in the face of previous statements from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who assured fans that Rogue One would be a one-and-done project, and that we shouldn’t expect an extension of this property any time soon. So what’s the deal here? Well, let’s be real. More often than not, these studios lock down actors early on, and tend to contract them for longer than they even plan on using them. It’s usually used to cover their asses in case, down the line, they want to use the character for one reason or another -- even if there are no current plans to do so.
So it seems very possible that Lucasfilm may get the urge to throw Jyn Erso in one of their other spinoff films, but it’s equally possible that they’ll simply not utilize that option, and move on with expanding their universe.
In other words, you can go about your business. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Move along. *Insert another well-worn Star Wars reference here*.
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