T.I. will not be returning for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The embattled rapper and actor is not a part of the cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, but it’s unclear whether this is related to recent accusations of sexual abuse he is facing alongside his wife, musician Tiny.
On Monday, an attorney representing 11 alleged victims accused the couple of crimes including sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault and harassment. The attorney, Tyrone A. Blackburn, is asking authorities in California and Georgia to open investigations. Through a lawyer, the couple strongly denied the accusations: “Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris (Tiny) deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming.”
In Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), T.I. played Dave, a friend to Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang/Ant-Man who helped him on his adventures along with ex-convicts Luis (Michael Peña) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian). While side characters such as T.I.’s Dave might have been expected to return for the third installment of a Marvel franchise, Ant-Man 3 is still in development and does not yet have a release date from Marvel, meaning things can still shift, including which characters are in the script.
Peyton Reed returns to direct the third Ant-Man film, once again starring Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer. Franchise newcomers include Jonathan Majors as classic villain Kang the Conqueror and Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang, daughter of Rudd’s Scott Lang. Jeff Loveness, known for Rick & Morty, is penning the script.
Elsewhere, VH1 halted production of the reality show T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle last month in light of claims against the couple.
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