According to The Hollywood Reporter, the youth cast of Stranger Things are in for a major payday for Season 3, including key cast member and The New Edition Story standout, Caleb McLaughlin.
This follows intense negotiations on their behalf as the first two seasons were negotiated together and only included $60K bonuses for the second season when it was clear that the show was becoming a massive success.
According to THR‘s report, the cast is made up of three tiers.
Winona Ryder (Joyce) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) make up the “A tier” and are making up to $350,000 an episode. The “B tier” consists of the young stars — Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) — who are each collecting $250,000 per episode. Meanwhile, the actors in the “C tier” — onscreen teenagers Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve) — are each pocketing roughly $150,000 an episode.
What’s unknown, however, is the payday for leading star, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven). Sources insist that Brown would not make as much as the decorated actress Ryder, but that she could be in like a “B+” tier, making above the “B tier” but below the “A tier.”
Regardless, for the teen actors, this is a jump of about 1,150 percent as before, they were said to only make in the $20,000 range. Ryder was at $100,000 and Harbour at $80,000.
The show has also been a springboard for opportunities for its cast with most set other huge roles as well.
Production on Stranger Things Season 3 is set to begin at the end of next month.