• A report claimed Thandiwe Newton exited "Magic Mike's Last Dance" due to an argument with co-star Channing Tatum
  • Representatives for Newton called the reports "completely inaccurate"
  • Newton decided to step away from the production due to family matters, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said

Thandiwe Newton's camp is denying reports that she exited the third installment of "Magic Mike" because of a fight with the film's star and producer, Channing Tatum.

A report published by British tabloid The Sun Wednesday claimed that Newton got into a heated argument with Tatum over Will Smith's Oscars smackdown of Chris Rock, causing her 41-year-old co-star to storm off the West London set of "Magic Mike's Last Dance" 11 days into filming. The report also claimed that Newton had been fired.

However, representatives for Newton called the reports "completely inaccurate," The Guardian reported.

Unnamed sources also confirmed to Page Six that the report claiming Newton and Tatum had a "tense exchange" of words on set was inaccurate and that the alleged dispute didn't happen.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. announced Newton's exit from the upcoming "Magic Mike" sequel via a statement to Variety Wednesday.

"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 statement read.

Sources confirmed to Page Six that it is true that Newton isn't doing the film due to personal family matters.

Newton was supposed to play the original female lead opposite Tatum's Magic Mike, according to reports. She will be replaced by Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek.

In February, Tatum and Reid Carolin, who wrote the first two "Magic Mike" movies and is returning as screenwriter for the third, hinted during an interview with Variety that the female lead role will be crucial to "Last Dance's" plot.

"It’s really about a woman stuck at a horrible strip show like a Chippendales and then realizing, 'What the hell am I doing here?'" Carolin said. "And then Magic Mike comes down from the ceiling. She gets to go down the rabbit hole and asks: 'What do I really want?'"

Tatum described the female protagonist as "really strong, almost stronger than Mike," adding that the film "isn't a traditional love story."

Tatum also opened up about his plans for the franchise's final installment in an interview with People in February. He revealed that he wants "Magic Mike 3" to be the "Super Bowl of stripping" and plans to feature professional dancers from all over the world, including Russian ballet dancers.

Discussing the upcoming film's female protagonist, Tatum said, "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," he added. "These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention."

"Magic Mike's Last Dance" is directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by "Magic Mike XXL" director Gregory Jacobs, screenwriter Carolin, Nick Wechsler and Peter Kiernan.

No release date has been announced yet for the upcoming movie. "Magic Mike's Last Dance" is being made exclusively for HBO Max.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 09: Thandiwe Newton attends Amazon Studios' "All The Old Knives" Los Angeles Special Screening at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills on March 09, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images