Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus.
“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
Deadline reports Hanks was in Australia as pre-production was getting underway on the untitled Baz Luhrmann-directed film about Elvis Presley. Hanks was set to play Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.
In a separate statement, Warner Bros., the company behind the untitled Elvis film, would only acknowledge that someone tested positive for coronavirus, and that they were working with Australian health agencies to figure out the next steps on how to remedy this issue.
“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus),” the statement reads. “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.”
Tom Hanks’ son Chet took to IG to address the news. “Yeah, it’s true,” Chet said in the clip. “My parents got Coronavirus. Crazy. They’re both down in Australia right now because my dad was shooting a movie down there but I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine, they’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it, they’re not trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions, obviously.”
Hanks is the leading star in the upcoming film Greyhound, which was moved back to June 12 last week. It was originally scheduled to be released on May 8.