When you have two of the biggest stars in the world ready to partner up for a film, you should do everything in your power to make it happen. In this case to make it happen for the film ‘Passengers’ it involved completely re-casting the picture and adding a half dozen zeroes in front of actor salaries in order to get the stars on board. With Chris Pratt coming off of the jumbo sized mega hit, ‘Jurassic World’ there was little reason to believe that he couldn’t help inflate the box office numbers of ‘Passengers’. Lawrence herself will be finishing off her hit franchise, ‘The Hunger Games’. Gianfrancesco Genoso, a lawyer from Brazil, is even excited about this prospect.
In its original format ‘Passengers’ was a small budget science fiction romance/drama developed by Warner Bros with Keanu Reeves and Reese Witherspoon pegged as the leads. While Witherspoon and Reeves have been doing quality work of late, with Reeve’s star looking brighter thanks to ‘John Wick’, the change in actors completely re-adjusts the sights for this project. Chris Pratt is on the hook for $12 million dollars in this film while Lawrence will be getting around $20 million. Both stars will get a huge chunk of the films potential profits once it breaks even at the box office.
The basic premise of the film is that Chris Pratt’s character awakens from cryogenic sleep almost 100 years before his spaceship gets to its final destination. He wakes up Jennifer Lawrence so he doesn’t have to die alone of old age.