By now, we’re all familiar with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. Earlier today, the World Health Organisation even declared the outbreak as a global pandemic. As of right now, the virus has spread to more than 121 000 people all over the world, including Tom ‘freaking’ Hanks.
Both Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson have been in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s currently untitled Elvis Presley film for Warner Bros. Hanks is set to play Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. In an Instagram post, Hanks said he and his wife were in Australia when they were tested for the virus after they started displaying symptoms.
Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.
Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?
We’ll keep the world posted and updated.
Take care of yourselves!
– Tom Hanks
Warner Bros also released a statement to Deadline, which reads:
We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film [Tom Hanks], which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.