Thandie Newton has reportedly been fired from the new Magic Mike movie after he got into a heated on-set argument with Channing Tatum over Will Smith’s infamous Chris Rock Oscar win.
The feud between Newtown, 49, and Tatum, 41, occurred in early April, The Sun reported, and escalated to such ‘amazing’ and ‘incredibly vicious’ levels that Tatum stormed off the West London set of ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ and drove away.
The crew had been filming for 11 days before the dramatic turn of events, according to the report.
The sequel’s producers ultimately decided to recast the female lead role of Newton, who will now be played by Salma Hayek, according to Variety.
The Sun’s report didn’t know exactly when the epic epic happened, or what positions Newton and Tatum took in their heated debate.
“Channing Tatum is the producer and number one on set. Thandie Newton is star number two. But 11 days into filming and it’s all over,” a crew member told the British tabloid.
“They had a fight because of the Oscars debacle. I was on set. I watched and watched her. They were going in and out of the house where we were shooting this confrontation.
“It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated. Channing got in that car and he disappeared,” the source allegedly said, adding that Newton had behaved like a “diva” on the set before the argument.
Following the argument, Tatum, who plays Magic Mike, declined to continue working with Newton on the HBO Max film.
“After the argument, he just said, ‘I don’t work with her anymore. Him being a producer, it’s his movie, so she’s not in the movie,” the source told The Sun.
Director Steven Soderbergh tried to defuse the situation, but to no avail, the source reportedly said.
“He was trying to calm things down but he’s a very calm man.”
A spokesperson for the film studio released a statement to Variety refuting the report and saying Newton left the film for personal reasons.
“Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to step away from Warner Bros.’ production of Magic Mike’s Last Dance. Pictures to take care of family matters,” the statement reportedly said.
Freelance crew members said the production delay has already cost them thousands of dollars in lost wages.
The shakeup came after a “legion of horny middle-aged women” stormed the set in a bid to get a glimpse of Tatum in custom as an oiled-up stripper.
“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” is the third installment in the film series. Both films were massively popular, grossing nearly $300 million worldwide.