The drinks are on you, Black Widow! Avengers star Scarlett Johansson is the top-earning actress in 2018

2018-08-17 14:10

Cape Town - Scarlett Johansson role in Avengers has made her the world’s highest paid actress in the past year.

The Nanny Diaries Actress (33) grabbed the spotlight from Emma Stone (29) who was top of the list last year. Scarlett leads this year’s ranking with $40.5 million (R590 million) in pretax earnings between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018, making her the highest paid female actress in Hollywood, Forbes reports.

Her role as Black Widow in Marvel's Avengers movie has been a nice little earner for the actress, she has now quadrupled her earnings in 2017. In 2019 Johansson will film the fourth instalment of the Avengers.

Scarlett is ahead of Angelina Jolie (43) who just received her paycheck for her upcoming movie Maleficent 2 and is now the second highest paid actress with $28 million (R419 million). Jennifer Aniston (49) is third with $19,5 million (R290 million)  and she’s followed by Jennifer Lawrence (28) with $18 million (R267 million) and Reese Witherspoon (42) with $16,5million (R244 million).

Scarlett recently received backlash after being cast as a transgender man in the upcoming film Rub & Tug. The movie tells the story of a trans guy who owned a massage parlour in Pittsburgh’s underground sex industry during the 90s, according to Vice News.

Critics feel that a transgender actor will portrayed the role more authentically.  Some fuming Twitter users have threatened to boycott the movie.

Since the backlash Scarlett has withdrawn from the movie, “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” she told

“Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realise it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”

Sources: Forbes, Vice News,

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