Salma Hayek has been pictured on set for Magic Mike 3 in London, shooting her first scenes opposite Channing Tatum after taking over the role from Thandiwe Newton.
Thandiwe exited the film earlier this month after just 11 days of shooting, following an alleged bust-up with the movie’s producer and star Channing over Will Smith ‘s Oscars slap – she has denied the incident.
While Salma shot her scenes in London’s Clapham, Thandiwe, 49, was pictured 5,000 miles away in Malibu on Sunday, seemingly confirming the end of their 23-year marriage with a very public display of affection with musician Lonr, 25.
Taking over: Salma Hayek was pictured on the Magic Mike 3 set in London, shooting her first scenes opposite Channing Tatum on Sunday after taking over the role from Thandiwe Newton who exited the movie after 11 days of filming (Thandiwe pictured right on set on March 31)
Salma was pictured in the same costume which Thandiwe was previously pictured wearing on set last month, as she shared a conversation with Channing in between takes.
While Salma got to work, Thandiwe, who it has been said is heading to rehab, ditched her wedding ring and diverted her attention from recent adversity by kissing rapper Lonr, whose real name is Elijah Dias.
At 25, Lonr is only a mere four years older than Thandiwe and Ol’s eldest child, their 21-year-old daughter Ripley.
The award-winning actress has joined her estranged husband in removing her wedding ring, as the director was spotted without his earlier this week as he left his London home.
Lonr told The Post that all parties involved were focused on the welfare of Thandiwe’s children when approached for comment on the new relationship, explaining:
‘From the relatively short time I’ve been fortunate to spend with her, I know Thandiwe and Oliver care deeply about the welfare of their children. That’s all I care about right now.’
Moving on: Meanwhile Thandiwe, 49, was pictured 5,000 miles away in Malibu on Sunday, seemingly confirming the end of their 23-year marriage with a very public display of affection with musician Lonr, 25
Thandiwe has denied claims she was sacked from her leading role over a heated argument with Channing.
According to a report in Page Six, staffers on the movie became worried about her health during filming in London, with her agent flying in from Los Angeles to try and ‘smooth things over’.
The publication reports that Thandiwe has been suffering with emotional and family problems after separating from her husband Ol Parker, 52, with whom she shares children Ripley, 21, Nico, 17, and Booker, eight.
Ol is a British filmmaker who previously wrote and directed the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
As if by Magic: Salma was pictured in the same costume which Thandiwe was previously pictured wearing on set last month
A source said: ‘Thandiwe had been acting strange on set, she has been very highly strung. Her apparent breakdown caused so much disruption, it became clear she couldn’t play the role.
‘There is a lot going on in her personal life, she and her husband have separated. She seemed so stressed she even brought her two pet rabbits to her hotel for emotional support.’
A Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson previously said of her departure from the movie: ‘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.’
New cast member: Salma was bought in after Thandiwe suddenly exited the movie sequel following an alleged bust-up with the movie’s producer and star Channing over Will Smith ‘s Oscars slap – she has denied the incident
Good vibes: Salma and Channing looked in good spirits, staying close in between takes and chatting
The insider added that Thandiwe fired her UK agent of three decades as her US agent Gaby Morgerman flew in to try to help.
Thandiwe has reportedly fired her UK team at London based agency Independent Talent Group in recent weeks.
The insider said of her next steps: ‘Thandiwe’s team wants her to go to rehab for mental health support.
‘She was supposed to leave immediately for a facility, they tried for a Malibu rehab, but they couldn’t take her. Arrangements are now being made to go to a facility in Arizona, if she agrees to go.’
MailOnline contacted representatives of Thandiwe Newton for comment at the time.
New leading lady: The two looked close just weeks after it was claimed Channing had clashed with Thandiwe during filming
Star: A source said of Channing’s alleged bust-up with Thandiwe: ‘Channing Tatum is the producer and number one on set. Thandiwe Newton is the number two star. But 11 days into shooting and it’s all over’
Reshoots: All of Thandwie’s scenes are having to be reshot with Salma, adding days onto the scheduled shoot in London
Earlier this month The Sun reported the alleged argument between Thandiwe and Channing, which was said to be ‘unimaginably vicious’, was over Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars.
Insiders told The Sun that Thandiwe is planning on suing studio chiefs at Warner Bros over the incident.
The argument reportedly took place on location in Paddington and culminated with Channing driving off set in his car.
A source said: ‘Channing Tatum is the producer and number one on set. Thandiwe Newton is the number two star. But 11 days into shooting and it’s all over.
Significant role: Channing said he had big plans for the male female dynamic of the third Magic Mike film, revealing: ‘I want to have an equal, if not even more centralized female character for Mike to really play off of and almost to’
Huge production: The shoot took over Clapham in South London, transforming the outside of the Clapham Grand into The Rattigan and closing the road
Power dressing: Salma wore a lace-trimmed black blazer over a red shirt and paired with wide legged trousers for the shoot
Last minute replacement: The popular actress lives in London with her family so was able to drop everything when she got the call
What he says goes: Channing reportedly told bosses he would not work with Thandiwe following her alleged ‘highly strung’ behaviour on set
‘They fell out over the debacle at The Oscars. I was on set. I watched her and watched him. They were in and out of the house where we were filming having this confrontation.
‘After the row he just went, ”I am not working with her anymore”. Him being a producer, it’s his movie, so she’s off the movie.’
The source added that all scenes filmed with Thandiwe will now have to be reshot with Salma while the film’s director Steven Soderbergh reportedly didn’t take a side in the argument.
Hard at work: The original Magic Mike movie premiered in 2012 and was loosely based on Channing’s experience working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. A sequel followed in 2015
Third time around: Channing confirmed that he would reprise his role for Magic Mike’s Last Dance in November on 2021
Girl power: ‘These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention,’ he has said of the movies
All about you: I don’t want to say, [to have her] take the baton, but really let the movie be about a female’s experience and not Mike’s experience, because it has been so much about Mike and the guys’ experiences,’ he explained
Close: The star and his new leading lady seem to have struck up a close bond already
Tough shoot: Channing refuelled with an energy drink as the shoot took over the weekend
Long days: Channing looked subdued and tired as they waited for the new scenes to be set up
New face on set: Salma stood out in her red lipstick and fedora hat as she took over the leading lady role
New plot: Channing has said of the new film: ‘We’re trying to do a fish-out-of-water story where it’s a reverse-role ‘Pretty Woman’ story that ends up with a lot of dancing in it’
Good to be here! Despite entering the production late Salma looked relaxed and happy on set
Gorgeous: The actress wowed in her black and red ensemble, also flashing a sparkling ring
A spokesperson for Thandiwe told MailOnline: ‘This report is completely inaccurate.’
The original Magic Mike movie premiered in 2012 and was loosely based on Channing’s experience working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. A sequel followed in 2015.
Channing confirmed that he would reprise his role for Magic Mike’s Last Dance in November on 2021.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE he spoke about the importance on the movie having a lead female character.
‘I want to have an equal, if not even more centralized female character for Mike to really play off of and almost to… I don’t want to say, [to have her] take the baton, but really let the movie be about a female’s experience and not Mike’s experience, because it has been so much about Mike and the guys’ experiences.
‘These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention.’
Dressed down: Channing was low key in a black hoodie layered under a trench coat for his scenes
London: The film has reimagined the Clapham Grand Victorian music hall as a new venue called The Rattigan
Lights, camera, action: Crowds milled around behind the cameras as the Hollywood stars got to work
Popular: Extras mingled with locals as Channing was seen getting into a vintage Rolls Royce on set
Shooting: Salma has most recently starred in 2021 movie House Of Gucci