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Salma Hayek was seen on set of ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ in London on Tuesday.
News broke earlier this week that Hayek, 55, will play the female lead in the film after replacing “Westworld” actress Thandiwe Newton in the third film in the “Magic Mike” franchise.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Newton, 49, stepped down from her role for personal reasons.
“Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to step away from the production of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ to attend to family matters,” a spokesperson told the outlet.
Hayek was seen in an all-black outfit paired with gold hoop earrings as she was escorted through the “Magic Mike” set.
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Hayek’s co-lead Channing Tatum shared in an interview with Variety in February that the third installment of “Magic Mike” will largely focus on the female lead, which was partly inspired by the show “Magic Mike. Live”.
Tatum’s producing partner, Reid Carolin, also participated in the Variety interview.
“It’s really about a woman stuck in a horrible strip show like a Chippendales and then realizing, ‘What the hell am I doing here?'” Carolin told the outlet. . “And then Magic Mike comes down from the ceiling. She goes down the rabbit hole and says, ‘What do I really want?’
“There’s going to be a very strong female character, almost stronger than Mike. We’ve never done a traditional love story, and this isn’t a traditional love story.” He went so far as to call the upcoming film “the Super Bowl of stripper movies”.
In November, Tatum took to Instagram to confirm he would be returning to the franchise in his lead role as Mike Lane.
“Well, looks like Mike Lane is coming back,” he wrote alongside an image of the first page of the script.
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During the month of November, Hayek was also celebrating a career milestone.
Hayek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She celebrated with her husband François-Henri Pinault and their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault, 14. The event was also attended by Hayek’s “Grown Ups” co-star Adam Sandler, who spoke at the ceremony.
Hayek explained in her acceptance speech how far she has come in her career after facing racism and prejudice when she first moved to the United States from Mexico.
“If you wonder what gave me the courage to stay, I say it was you,” she said of her fans, “because even though they didn’t know me, here in Hollywood, the studios, all the Latin people who are in the United States knew who I was. They understood that I came here with dreams like them.”
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Hayek ended his speech on a hopeful note.
“Find something to love, because the only thing I stayed for was the love of movies,” she reflected. “If you think you’re not good at it like I am, make yourself good at it. It doesn’t have to be movies. Be your best at whatever you do.”
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“Try to be better. Try to find joy in what you do,” Hayek concluded. “Work hard. Come prepared. Don’t care what anyone says. But, above all, don’t listen to yourself when you put yourself down.”
“Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” which will premiere on HBO Max, does not yet have a release date.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.