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How Stars Wars has helped put a crack in the glass ceiling

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Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, a fierce rebel soldier. Photo: Walt Disney
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The Force is clearly strong with Felicity Jones, after it emerged she managed to buck the Hollywood trend of paying female stars way less than their male counterparts.

Sources say that Jones, the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story protagonist was easily the highest-paid cast member in the first of Star Wars’ spinoff “anthology” movies.

Having earned a 2014 Oscar best actress nomination for The Theory of Everything, Jones managed to negotiate for a seven-figure upfront salary to play Rebel fighter Jyn Erso in Rogue one.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jones was “by far” the film’s highest-paid actor, with her male co-stars, including Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, and Riz Ahmed, receiving more than “mid six-figures.”

Hollywood’s habit of paying male actors far better than their female collagues has become a significant talking point after the Sony hack, which revealed that American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence was paid far less than co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner.

The discrepancy was all the more galling given Lawrence had played leading roles in the highly successful Hunger Games and X-Men franchises and was rated one of the industry’s brightest stars.

It prompted Lawrence to pen an essay “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?” in the feminist newsletter, Lenny.

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” Lawrence wrote.

No such regrets with Jones.

One well-placed source told the Hollywood Reporter that the Oxford-educated Jones was no pushover at the negotiating table.

“She knows her worth,” the source said.

Watch the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Trailer below:

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