A bomb dropped on Tuesday in "Twilight" land: As actor contracts are being renegotiated to account for a two-part telling of "Breaking Dawn," the final chapter in the series, a number of key supporting players have been angling for more money. Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz are said to be the major holdouts, and late on Tuesday reports surfaced that they want $4 million apiece for each of the two "Breaking Dawn" films.
EW.com's Hollywood Insider reports that Greene and Lutz were initially joined by their Cullen siblings, Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone, in asking for a pay raise. Sources say that Reed has had a change of heart, and her deal is now close to being finalized at $750,000 to $1 million for each film. Where Rathbone stands is unclear at this point.
While Greene and Lutz don't have nearly as much screen time as franchise stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, they're reportedly arguing that their press and publicity commitments match those of the headliners, and they therefore deserve the increased pay, especially in light of the movies' success.
Bear in mind that all of this information comes from unnamed sources. Summit Entertainment and the individual actors' reps are either refusing to comment or simply haven't been reached for comment. Some sources say that Greene and Lutz asked for $4 million per film while another states that they just want "$1 million or more." Whatever the facts are, it's clear that something is holding up any formal confirmations on "Breaking Dawn" beyond the reveal of Bill Condon as director and the November 18, 2011, release date.
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