Jonathan Majors Booted From Dennis Rodman Film ’48 Hours In Vegas’ And Spike Lee’s ‘Da Understudy’

Remember that Dennis Rodman movie, 48 Hours in Vegas, that Jonathan Majors was set for a couple of years ago? Well, the recently-convicted actor can add it to the list of upcoming roles he’s lost. CNN was first to report that Majors had been dropped from the film, in which he was to play Rodman, following a recent guilty verdict for harassment and assault against an ex-girlfriend.

Deadline adds that Lionsgate no longer has any association with the film, either, and that it has been released back to producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with Aditya Sood. They are now free to shop 48 Hours in Vegas around elsewhere, but if the film moves ahead it will be with another actor playing Rodman, the infamous celebrity power forward for the World Champion Chicago Bulls.

The film is penned by Jordan VanDina, and centers on Rodman’s notorious impromptu getaway to Las Vegas during the 1998 NBA Finals where the Bulls were facing the hated Utah Jazz.

Variety adds that Majors has also lost out on a role in Da Understudy, an upcoming Amazon film that Spike Lee was in early talks to direct. It’s unclear the full status of that movie right now

The blows Majors is taking at this point are significant. Not only has he lost on his Marvel role as Kang, which would’ve seen him be part of the blockbuster MCU for years, but it’s looking unlikely that Searchlight will release Magazine Dreams (review here), the acclaimed-if-controversial drama that many saw as his path to the Oscars.

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