Thandiwe Newton has been forced to deny rumors that he is quitting filming a new Hollywood blockbuster after a “cruel” altercation with his co-star, Channing Tatum.
Production of Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the third film in the franchise, fell into chaos after the Line of Duty actress dramatically left the project midway.
A spokesman claimed the 49-year-old had left to “take care of family matters”.
But it has been reported his position became “untenable” after he fell out with co-star Channing Tatum, 41, on the set in Paddington, west London.
It is said they had an “unimaginably cruel” argument over Will Smith’s behavior at the Oscars, when he slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage.
An unnamed crew member said: “They fell in disaster at the Oscars. I was on set… It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated – Channing got into this car and he disappeared.”
A representative for Miss Newton vehemently denied the reports, describing them as “totally inaccurate”, while a source close to the production claimed Tatum – who is also the film’s producer – had supported the actress’ decision to leave.
She was to be replaced by actress Frida Salma Hayek, 55, and the scene starring Miss Newton had to be re-shot.
The move could cost production companies tens of thousands of pounds.
Crew members told The Sun that filming delays cost them more than £4,000 in wages.
A Warner Bros spokesman said: “Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to produce Warner Bros. Pictures’ Magic Mike’s Last Dance to deal with family matters.”
No further details were given. Magic Mike’s previous films, loosely based on Tatum’s experiences as a teenage stripper in Florida, have both enjoyed commercial success, earning an estimated $397 million at the combined box office.
It inspired the popular spin-off stage show, which has been performed in London, Berlin and Las Vegas.
The third and new film will premiere exclusively on HBO Max but a release date has yet to be announced.
A Tatum spokesman declined to comment.