The Westworld actress has stated that she has withdrawn from production of the sequel, which will star Channing Tatum, due to personal concerns (via The Guardian).
According to the actress’s management, “Thandiwe Newton has made the tough decision to step away from the production of Warner Bros Pictures’ Magic Mike’s Last Dance in order to deal with family concerns.” Magic Mike’s Last Dance is set to open in theatres on December 21.
“Completely incorrect,” according to Newton’s representatives, were claims that she had been dismissed by Tatum, who is also working as producer on the picture.
In an announcement made on April 13, it was revealed that Salma Hayek will be taking over Newton’s role, with the scenes already done with Newton scheduled to be reshot.
The identity of the role played by the Eternals star, as well as specifics about the plot of Magic Mike 3, are being kept under wraps.
The film is now in production in London, with Steven Soderbergh, the director of the previous film, in charge of the project. Gregory Jacobs, the director of the sequel Magic Mike XXL, is serving as the film’s executive producer.
Newton is presently starring in the spy thriller All The Old Knives, in which she co-stars with Star Trek actor Chris Pine.
After more than three decades of having her first name spelled erroneously, the actress revealed last year that she will begin using her genuine first name in her professional life.
“That is my given name. It’s been my given name since birth “Thandie is a pseudonym, which she explained before going into detail about how she became known as such.
“Because my own name was authentic and lovely, the director of my first film requested that I be used as the character’s name in the film. I was pleasantly surprised and agreed, “Newton expressed himself.
“After that, they used my ‘nickname’ in the credits to distinguish it from the fictional name. They took advantage of me and stole my identity. And I’m rescinding my statement.”