Jonathan Majors, known for his dynamic presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been released from the upcoming Dennis Rodman biopic, '48 Hours in Vegas', as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. This development unfolds amidst Major's recent legal challenges, including a sentencing scheduled for February 6th related to assault and harassment charges involving his ex-partner Grace Jabbari in March.
Lionsgate, which was initially backing the project, has stepped away. The film, under the creative guidance of Lord Miller, with Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Aditya Sood as producers, is now seeking new buyers. This change in direction was first brought to light by CNN.
Majors, who gained acclaim for his portrayal of the antagonist Kang the Conqueror in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' and the Disney+ series 'Loki', faced a significant career setback following his guilty verdict in December.
Disney promptly distanced itself from the actor, withdrawing his pivotal role in future Marvel projects. This comes as another blow to Majors, as his critically lauded performance in 'Magazine Dreams' at the Sundance Film Festival is now overshadowed by uncertainties about its release under Searchlight, as reported by THR.
Rodman's Vegas Escapade
'48 Hours in Vegas', penned by Jordan VanDina, delves into the story of Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman's impromptu Las Vegas trip during the critical 1998 NBA Finals. Rodman, inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011 and celebrated for his flamboyant style and antics, was a focal point in the ESPN docuseries 'The Last Dance', centering around Michael Jordan, which aired in 2020.
In a conversation with Entertainment Tonight at last year's Oscars, Majors expressed his enthusiasm and extensive preparation for portraying Rodman, including a planned meeting with the NBA icon himself. Majors, appearing on Good Morning America, expressed his astonishment at the verdict, facing up to a year in jail.
When probed about the circumstances leading to Jabbari's injuries, he stated, "I wish to God I knew," highlighting the complexity and personal toll of the situation. As the industry and fans alike absorb this news, the future of '48 Hours in Vegas' hangs in the balance, mirroring the unpredictability of the very persona it seeks to depict.