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Salma Hayek shares a laugh with Channing Tatum as filming resumes for Magic Mike 3 in London

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Salma Hayek shares a laugh with Channing Tatum as filming resumes for Magic Mike 3 in London

Salma Hayek was back on set to film scenes for Magic Mike 3 on Sunday, joining Channing Tatum in London‘s Piccadilly for the big-budget sequel.

The actress, 55, replaced Thandiwe Newton as the film’s female lead after she was forced to exit the film following 11 days of shooting amid a string of personal woes.

Enjoying the capital’s unexpected sunshine, Salma was in high spirits as she shared a laugh with her co-star Channing, as they prepared to film scenes outside the historic Criterion Theatre.

Happy! Salma Hayek was back on set to film scenes for Magic Mike 3 on Sunday, joining Channing Tatum in London's Piccadilly for the big-budget sequel

Happy! Salma Hayek was back on set to film scenes for Magic Mike 3 on Sunday, joining Channing Tatum in London's Piccadilly for the big-budget sequel

Happy! Salma Hayek was back on set to film scenes for Magic Mike 3 on Sunday, joining Channing Tatum in London’s Piccadilly for the big-budget sequel

Salma was dressed in an edgy PVC leather cropped jacket and matching black harem trousers as she giggled with Channing, who sported a casual navy blue overcoat during the filming.

The pair were seen laughing together as they prepared for the cameras to start rolling, with the film’s crew taking over the London square to film the scenes.

Filming for Magic Mike 3 resumed after Thandiwe exited the film last month, following an alleged bust-up with the movie’s producer and star Channing over Will Smith ‘s Oscars slap – she has denied the incident. 

Transition: The actress replaced Thandiwe Newton as the film's female lead after she was forced to exit the film following 11 days of shooting amid a string of personal woes

Transition: The actress replaced Thandiwe Newton as the film's female lead after she was forced to exit the film following 11 days of shooting amid a string of personal woes

Transition: The actress replaced Thandiwe Newton as the film’s female lead after she was forced to exit the film following 11 days of shooting amid a string of personal woes

Old star: Thandiwe (pictured filming Magic Mike 3 with Channing last month) exited the film last month, following an alleged bust-up with Channing, which she has since denied

Old star: Thandiwe (pictured filming Magic Mike 3 with Channing last month) exited the film last month, following an alleged bust-up with Channing, which she has since denied

Old star: Thandiwe (pictured filming Magic Mike 3 with Channing last month) exited the film last month, following an alleged bust-up with Channing, which she has since denied

Bold: Salma was dressed in an edgy PVC leather cropped jacket and oversized taupe sunglasses

Bold: Salma was dressed in an edgy PVC leather cropped jacket and oversized taupe sunglasses

Entrance: She arrived to film more scenes for the upcoming sequel

Entrance: She arrived to film more scenes for the upcoming sequel

Bold: Salma was dressed in an edgy PVC leather cropped jacket and oversized taupe sunglasses as she arrived to film more scenes for the upcoming sequel

Laid-back: Meanwhile Channing sported a casual navy blue overcoat during the filming

Laid-back: Meanwhile Channing sported a casual navy blue overcoat during the filming

Laid-back: Meanwhile Channing sported a casual navy blue overcoat during the filming

While Salma shot her scenes in London, Thandiwe, 49, was pictured 5,000 miles away in Malibu over the weekend, seemingly confirming the end of their 23-year marriage to Ol Parker with a very public display of affection with musician Lonr, 25. 

The award-winning actress has joined her estranged husband in removing her wedding ring, as the director was spotted without his earlier this week as he left his London home. 

Lonr told The Post that all parties involved were focused on the welfare of Thandiwe’s children when approached for comment on the new relationship, explaining:

Taking over: The film's crew took over the London square outside the historic Criterion Theatre

Taking over: The film's crew took over the London square outside the historic Criterion Theatre

Taking over: The film’s crew took over the London square outside the historic Criterion Theatre

Simple: Salma's character's look also included matching black harem trousers and a thin gold chained belt with a snake finish

Simple: Salma's character's look also included matching black harem trousers and a thin gold chained belt with a snake finish

Simple: Salma’s character’s look also included matching black harem trousers and a thin gold chained belt with a snake finish

Jovial: She and Channing excitedly chatted between the scenes

Jovial: She and Channing excitedly chatted between the scenes

Jovial: She and Channing excitedly chatted between the scenes

‘From the relatively short time I’ve been fortunate to spend with her, I know Thandiwe and Oliver care deeply about the welfare of their children. That’s all I care about right now.’

Thandiwe has reportedly been urged to seek mental health support following the break-up of her marriage – and an alleged bust-up with Channing.  

The star has previously told how she has suffered ‘a number of breakdowns’ in her troubled past, as well as discussing her heartbreaking experiences of sexual abuse, racism and bulimia during her time in the industry.

Hitting back: The star also denied claims though that she was sacked from her Magic Mike leading role over a heated argument with Channing (pictured)

Hitting back: The star also denied claims though that she was sacked from her Magic Mike leading role over a heated argument with Channing (pictured)

Hitting back: The star also denied claims though that she was sacked from her Magic Mike leading role over a heated argument with Channing (pictured)

Anticipated: The original Magic Mike movie premiered in 2012 and was loosely based on Channing's experience working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida

Anticipated: The original Magic Mike movie premiered in 2012 and was loosely based on Channing's experience working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida

Anticipated: The original Magic Mike movie premiered in 2012 and was loosely based on Channing’s experience working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida

Next one: The film's first sequel, titled Magic Mike XXL, was released in 2015

Next one: The film's first sequel, titled Magic Mike XXL, was released in 2015

Next one: The film’s first sequel, titled Magic Mike XXL, was released in 2015

She has denied claims though that she was sacked from her Magic Mike leading role over a heated argument with Channing. 

The original Magic Mike movie premiered in 2012 and was loosely based on Channing’s experience working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. A sequel followed in 2015. 

Channing confirmed that he would reprise his role for Magic Mike’s Last Dance in 2021.  

He's back! Channing confirmed that he would reprise his role for Magic Mike's Last Dance in November 2021

He's back! Channing confirmed that he would reprise his role for Magic Mike's Last Dance in November 2021

He’s back! Channing confirmed that he would reprise his role for Magic Mike’s Last Dance in 2021

Development: In a recent interview with PEOPLE he spoke about the importance on the movie having a lead female character

Development: In a recent interview with PEOPLE he spoke about the importance on the movie having a lead female character

Development: In a recent interview with PEOPLE he spoke about the importance on the movie having a lead female character

In a recent interview with PEOPLE he spoke about the importance on the movie having a lead female character.

‘I want to have an equal, if not even more centralised 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.

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‘These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention.’  

Female star: He said: 'I want to have an equal, if not even more centralized female character for Mike to really play off of and almost to'

Female star: He said: 'I want to have an equal, if not even more centralized female character for Mike to really play off of and almost to'

Female star: He said: ‘I want to have an equal, if not even more centralized female character for Mike to really play off of and almost to’

Warner Bros. has yet to release official plot details, but Channing and his producing partner Reid Carolin revealed in an interview with Variety in February, that the film will center on the female lead, and is in part inspired by Magic Mike Live – the hugely popular live strip show based on the movies.

‘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 told Variety. ‘And then Magic Mike comes down from the ceiling. She gets to go down the rabbit hole and asks: What do I really want?’

‘It’s going to have a really strong, almost stronger than Mike, character that’s female. We’ve never done a traditional love story, and this isn’t a traditional love story,’ Channing added, calling the film, ‘the Super Bowl of stripper movies.’

The actor also previously told the New York Times that the plot was a ‘reverse-role ‘Pretty Woman’ story, suggesting Salma could be playing a version of the high-powered, wealthy Richard Gere character. 

Driven: He added: 'These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention'

Driven: He added: 'These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention'

Driven: He added: ‘These movies are very, very female-forward. At least that is our intention’

Salma Hayek shares a laugh with Channing Tatum as filming resumes for Magic Mike 3 in LondonSource

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