Zendaya is reportedly earning $1 million per episode for the new season of Euphoria

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News of Zendaya’s lucrative new contract suggests that Euphoria is on a positive trajectory. The series, which revolves around the challenges of American teenagers as they grapple with issues such as sex, drugs, and violence, differs significantly from typical teen dramas. Zendaya leads the show as Rue Bennett, a recovering addict wrestling with conflicting expectations and desires while exploring many bleak themes.

Despite not having started filming for the third season of Euphoria, the show’s future has been in doubt for a while. However, a recent report by Matthew Belloni from Puck, revealing a significant new deal, suggests a promising direction for the series. With Zendaya reportedly earning nearly $1 million per episode, HBO is investing significant resources in the future of Euphoria. Here’s a quote from Belloni’s report:

A bunch of stars have cracked $1 million per episode, especially on limited series (Michael Keaton on Hulu’s Dopesick, Elisabeth Moss on Apple’s Shining Girls) or even ongoing series (Jason Sudeikis on Ted Lasso, Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren on 1923; Chris Pratt on The Terminal List), and especially when producing fees are factored in. I’m told Zendaya just closed a big re-negotiation on HBO’s Euphoria that likely puts her close to that club.

What is the release date for Euphoria season 3?

Zendaya is reportedly earning $1 million per episode for the new season of Euphoria 2

Although it may not seem crucial to the casual audience, Zendaya’s compensation serves as a sign that Euphoria season 3 is moving forward and the actress will have a significant presence in it. Although initial reports suggested that the next season of Euphoria would arrive in early 2024, the delayed production makes a late 2024 or early 2025 premiere more likely. It appears that even the cast is uncertain about what to expect from the upcoming season, with Storm Reid expressing a desire for it to be “less heartbreaking.”

The production of Euphoria season 3 was postponed because Zendaya was busy filming Dune: Part Two, and since Rue is the show’s principal character, Euphoria had to take a back seat for the time being. However, with Zendaya’s recent lucrative contract for the show, she has a significant incentive to prioritize Euphoria. Furthermore, HBO’s willingness to invest more money suggests that the network is looking to keep Euphoria on the air for an extended period.

Apart from her roles in Dune: Part Two and Challengers, Zendaya has no other confirmed projects besides producing A White Lie. This makes Euphoria season 3 her next significant undertaking, which bodes well for the future of the show, particularly since Zendaya is eager for Rue to have opportunities for love and growth in the upcoming season. It remains to be seen whether Reid and Zendaya’s wishes for a positive conclusion will be realized when Euphoria season 3 finally airs.

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