“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” has a new cast member, Salma Hayek, who replaces Thandiwe Newton.
According to Variety, Newton stepped away for personal reasons to deal with family matters, paving the way for Hayek to replace her as the female lead.
However, new reports claim that Newton’s departure from the set of “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is connected to something else.
According to The Sun, Thandiwe was fired from the new film after a heated argument with the main star, Channing Tatum. Will Smith’s infamous slap on Chris Rock at the Oscars was reportedly at the center of the dispute.
Tatum and Newton’s feud is not a new one. It all started in early April and quickly got out of control.
Tatum allegedly stormed off the West London set and drove away in his car at one point because he had had too much of it. At that point, the crew had been filming for 11 days.
Because of the feud between the two actors, producers decided to recast the lead female role, which ended up being played by Salma Hayek.
Channing Tatum is the producer and the man in charge on set. Thandiwe Newton is ranked second. “But it’s all over 11 days into shooting,” an unnamed crew member told the tabloid. “It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated. Channing got into this car and he disappeared.”
Tatum reportedly had had enough of Newsome and refused to work with her any longer. Director Steven Soderbergh tried but failed, to defuse the situation.
“He was trying to calm things down but he’s a very quiet man,” the source added.
“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is the third film in the series. The first two films were immensely successful, grossing nearly $300 million worldwide.