Salma Hayek Replaces Thandiwe Newton In Magic Mikes’s Third Installment
Thandie Newton will not feature in the third sequel of the Magic Mike franchise.
She will be replaced by Salma Hayek who joins the world of Magic Mike’s Last Dance recently filming in London.
Sources say that Newton dropped from the film due to personal reasons.
A statement by Warner Bros. spokesperson said “Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to step away from the production of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Magic Mike’s Last Dance to deal with family matters.”
Magic Mike’s Last Dance will premiere solely on HBO Max and with Channing Tatum returning as male stripper Mike Lane.
The character is partially founded on Tatum’s ordeals as a stripper in Florida. The film is predicted to draw the curtain on the Magic Mike story.
The initial Magic Mike film made $167 million at the box office, followed by the 2015 sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
The two films’ made a global gross of nearly reaching $300 million.
Being a success, the franchise also generated a lucrative stage show, Magic Mike Live, which has had run in Las Vegas, London, Berlin and Australia.
Director Steven Soderbergh will return for the third instalment after withdrawing from the 2015 sequel.
While the writer for the previous two, Reid Carolin, returns as well.