Reports Thandiwe Newton left Magic Mike for ‘inaccurate’ spat with Channing Tatum
Representatives for British actor Thandiwe Newton have said reports that she was fired from Magic Mike II for fighting with star Channing Tatum were “completely inaccurate”.
On Wednesday, the British tabloid The Sun reported the Westworld The actor was fired from the film following an “incredibly vicious” split with co-star Channing Tatum.
The row, which is believed to be over the incident of slapping Will Smith at last month’s Oscars, is said to have started during a filming on location at Paddington station in London.
A source from the set said The sun, what had started as a disagreement, “escalated” into a very public confrontation that ended with Tatum walking away from set mid-shoot.
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According to Los Angeles Timehowever, Newton’s representatives denied reports of the fight, while The sun suggested the Course of action star may seek legal advice on his position.
Shortly after the alleged fight, Warner Bros announced that Newton would be leaving the production “to take care of family business”. Although nearly two weeks into filming, the company said production would be halted and Newton’s role would be recast.
On Thursday, Deadline reported that Oscar winner Selma Hayek would step into the role.
Magic Mike: The Last Dance is the third installment in the Magic Mike franchise, loosely based on Tatum’s real-life experiences as an exotic dancer early in his career.
The first movie, 2012 magic mikewas a critically acclaimed success for director Steven Soderberg, who returns to direct Last Dance.
Tatum, who is also one of the film’s producers, plays Mike Lane, an exotic dancer and aspiring furniture maker who often struggles with his hedonistic life as a stripper.
Not much is known about the history of Last Dancehowever, Tatum told People in February that he viewed Newton’s character as Mike Lane’s equal and hoped the film would have a bigger, more central role for a female star.
Last Dance was supposed to hit screens in November 2022, but it’s unclear what the filming delay and possible reshoots will mean for that release date.
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