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Salma Hayek was spotted on set for “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” in London on Tuesday.
The news was announced earlier this week that Hayek, 55, will star as the female lead in the film after replacing “Westworld” actress Thandiwe Newton in the third film in the “Magic Mike” series.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Newton, 49, resigned from his role due to personal reasons.
“Thandiwe Newton has made the difficult decision to step down from the production of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ to deal with family issues,” a spokesman told the magazine.
Hayek was seen in an all-black outfit paired with gold 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 “Magic Mike’s” third episode will largely focus on the female lead, who was partly inspired by the “Magic Mike Live” show.
Tatum’s producing partner, Reid Carolin, also participated in the Variety interview.
“It’s really about a woman who’s stuck to a horrible strip show like a Chippendales and then realizes, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’,” Carolin said. “And then Magic Mike comes down from the ceiling. She’s going to go down the rabbit hole and ask, ‘What do I really want?’
“It wants a really strong, almost stronger than Mike, character who is female. We’ve never made a traditional love story, and this is not a traditional love story.” He went so far as to call the upcoming movie “the stripper movies’ Super Bowl.”
In November, Tatum took to Instagram to confirm that he will return to the franchise in his lead role as Mike Lane.
“Well, world, it looks like Mike Lane is hitting in again,” he wrote along with a picture of the first page of the script.
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During the month of November, Hayek also celebrated a career milestone.
Hayek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She celebrated it with husband Francois-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.
In her speech of thanks, Hayek reflected on how far she has come in her career after experiencing racism and prejudice when she first moved to the United States from Mexico.
“If you ask yourself what gave me the courage to stay, I say it was you,” she said of her fans, “because even though they did not know me, here in Hollywood, the studios, all the Latinos who are “In the United States, I knew who I was. They understood that I came here with dreams, as they did.”
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Hayek ended his speech with a hopeful tone.
“Find something to love, because the only thing I became for was for the love of cinema,” she pondered. “If you think you’re not good at what I did, then make yourself good at it. It does not have to be the movies. Be your best at everything you do.”
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“Try to get better. Try to find joy in what you do,” Hayek concluded. “Work hard. Prepare. Do not care what anyone says. But most importantly, do not listen to yourself when you knock yourself down.”
“Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” which premieres on HBO Max, does not yet have a release date.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.