Dune: Zendaya’s Astronomical Salary for Only 7 Minutes of Appearance Puts Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise to Shame

Zendaya has come a long way from her  days, as she has gone on to take on some interesting roles in a wide variety of films in different genres. From  to Marvel’s  franchise, the actress has numerous smash-hit roles under her belt and has established herself as the most in-demand actress. Needless to say, the  actress has cemented herself as an international name, followed by fame and numerous awards. 

With  already released, which already seems to be a massive hit, directed by Denis Villeneuve features Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in the lead roles. However, Zendaya, who is featured for a mere 7 minutes in the first film, which had a runtime of 155 minutes charged an outrageous sum of money that would put Hollywood greats like Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise into shame.

Zendaya Charges an Astronomical Fee for Being Featured for 7 Minutes in Dune: Part One

The much anticipated  has been an epic sci-fi franchise, and it is already one of the biggest films of 2024, if not the biggest. The film serves as the sequel to the first film titled  which was released back in 2021 and was a massive hit with a box office collection of $434.8 million at the worldwide box office. 

One of the most talked about things in the first film was how was featured in the action film for just 7 minutes. During an exclusive interview with , the actress did mention 

and claimed that she was on the set for only Interestingly, her salary for her minor role in the film was $300, 000, which is $42,857 per minute as per reports from looks more appealing for her minimum screen time.


The sum is jaw-dropping when compared with Hollywood heavyweights like salary in  As per , the actor was paid $15 million, but it was intriguing because his character utters only 380 words throughout the film, meaning that each word earned him $39,473.68.

The sum is more intriguing because as per studies from , it was shown that Hollywood’s action icon, merely earns $7,091 per word he speaks in his films. However, when compared to the  actress’ salary for her feature in  showcases her valuation and charismatic presence in the present film industry.

The difference in pay is staggering as Reeves and Cruise are considered to be one of the greatest actors in the movie industry, and they have managed to become global icons over the years with their films and works in popular franchises like  and  .

Zendaya Shares Why Her Character Will Have a Dark Future With Timothée Chalamet in Dune: Part Two

Zendaya and will be featured as the main cast of 

where they will reprise their roles of Chani and Paul Atreides. While promoting the sequel, the actress talked to about her role in the sequel and how it holds a dark future that the fans would not like.


“But the woman that we meet here is very clear, very strong, very direct, and knows exactly who she is. And we get to know who she is along with Paul. I think, if anything, love is the last thing on her mind.”

Zendaya explains that their characters being romantically attached to each other would hamper their individual goals, while the film deviates a little from the source material, she doesn’t rule out its possibility but shares that there’ll be a complex relationship between the two.

“And how are these two characters going to reconcile with that? I don’t know how they get over it. I don’t know what their future holds. Without giving it away, it ain’t pretty.”

Zendaya’s above statement holds a lot of curiosity and excitement, and all their questions will be answered as the sequel is released.

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