Scarlett Johansson Scores $20 Million Paycheck for 'Avengers' Sequel
It looks like a skintight cat suit is a good omen for Scarlett Johansson's bank account.
The New York Post reported today that ScarJo has been offered a whopping $20 million to reprise her role as Black Widow from Iron Man 2 and this summer's The Avengers. In the flicks, she plays sexy former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, who is adept at eliciting information from enemy forces and wriggling out of dangerous situations.
The paycheck places Scarlett with the most elite of Tinseltown's highest earners. Angelina Jolie reportedly snagged $19 million for The Tourist, while Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts have all hovered around the $15 million-$20 million/per film mark for the past few years.
While she has compared her sultry Black Widow jumpsuit to "sweaty pajamas" she had no complaints about working with an all-male cast and playing an icy character.
"I'm the only female Avenger and I thought it was fabulous! I have no complaints," she told to Jay Leno in May. "Black Widow is an assassin and a warrior, and she really doesn’t have time for love and all that fluffy stuff, and I like that aspect of her. I like playing with the boys that way. It's fun," Scarlett added before quickly backtracking: "Not like that! You know what I mean."
The Avengers has so far brought in $1.355 billion in box office. No release date has been set for a follow-up.