Production on the grand finale known as Magic Mike’s Last Dance (and otherwise known as Magic Mike 3) is already underway in London, with Channing Tatum’s upcoming movie release reportedly 11 days into its shooting schedule. It’s apparently not too late for a shake-up though, as co-star Thandiwe Newton has just been announced to be exiting the film. As a new report alleges that a dust up over Will Smith’s infamous Oscar slap took place between Newton and Tatum, some further developments are now coming out. So, what's going on?
Warner Bros’ Official Statement On Thandiwe Newton’s Magic Mike 3 Recasting
News first broke surrounding this situation yesterday afternoon, as Warner Bros. made an official statement stating that Thandiwe Newton was leaving Magic Mike 3. THR picked up on the studio’s comments on the matter, and shared them as follows:
Apologies to you fans of The Lost City who were hoping Sandra Bullock might change her mind and join the production, as this report also stated Salma Hayek will be the actress stepping into Newton’s role. However, it has also been rumored that this recasting came about after a huge dust-up between franchise lead Channing Tatum and Thandiwe Newton allegedly occurred on set. The account of which included details that suggested Channing Tatum had stormed off, leading to Thandiwe Newton’s possible dismissal rather than exit.
How Will Smith’s Oscar Slap Is Allegedly Involved In The Magic Mike 3 Exit
These rumors of supposed discord on the Magic Mike’s Last Dance set came from The Sun. Accompanied by paparazzi photos of scenes between Thandiwe Newton and Channing Tatum, the whole story was anonymously sourced from remarks that allegedly came from a crew member. Here’s what supposedly happened, according to the source:
Were this story to be true, it sounds like Magic Mike 3’s dancing isn’t the only intense stuff this project has seen. If that weren't bad enough, reports have alleged Thandiwe Newton might be preparing to sue Warner Bros. as a result of what happened on set. Not so fast, though. Now, Newton’s camp is refuting this rumored story.
How Thandiwe Newton Has Refuted The Magic Mike’s Last Dance Rumors
What makes this Magic Mike 3 story even more intriguing is the speed at which the story has been moving. In around the same short span of time, the official announcement of Thandiwe Newton’s departure and the rumors surrounding the circumstances made the news. However, a third factor should be taken into consideration, which is the fact a spokesperson for Newton has denied the story of her supposed fight with Channing Tatum.
This further statement was reported by The Daily Mail, in addition to the rest of the supposed debacle. Recounting the Magic Mike’s Last Dance recasting, and the rumors of a huge falling out, the publication was apparently contacted by said spokesperson on behalf of the Westworld actor. Simply saying that Thandiwe Newton saw The Sun’s report as “completely inaccurate,” there’s now another wrinkle in the overall story.
As Channing Tatum claims Magic Mike 3 will be “the Super Bowl of stripper movies,” anticipation is rather high for this streaming flick. With no official release date announced for the film’s potential debut, we’re still in the dark as to when the flick will officially be available for HBO Max subscribers. Obviously one thing is for certain: Thandiwe Newton is definitely leaving the production, so some already-shot scenes are going to need to be reworked.
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