Salma Hayek Replaces Thandiwe Newton in “Magic Mike’s Last Dance”

Salma Hayek at the 75th EE British Academy Film Awards in March 2022
Salma Hayek at the 75th EE British Academy Film Awards in March 2022. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock for BAFTA (12843764fm)

Channing Tatum is set to return for another dance as Magic Mike and he’ll be in pretty good company. Salma Hayek will join him in Magic Mike’s Last Dance after Thandiwe Newton had to step away from the next installment in the popular franchise.

According to Warner Bros’ official statement, “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.” The studio was quick to find a replacement, and Salma Hayek ended up winning the role.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance is only the latest high-profile project starring the Oscar-nominated actress. Hayek’s career has been on the upward spiral recently and she appeared in Marvel’s Eternals, House of Gucci, and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard just last year.

The rest of the Magic Mike’s Last Dance cast is yet to be revealed, and Tatum is the only star to confirm his comeback. Matthew McConaughey, who appeared in the first Magic Mike movie, told Variety that he didn’t rule out the possibility of returning because he had “a helluva lot of fun doing the first one”. Director Steven Soderbergh and writer Reid Carolin are also set to return.