Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus in Australia; actor was filming Elvis Presley biopic when diagnosed
Hanks was recently lauded with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, and earned his sixth Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers in Sony/TriStar’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in the supporting actor category.
While on location in Australia for pre-production of the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic about Elvis Presley, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with the coronavirus.
In the film, two-time Oscar winner Hanks plays Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.
In a separate statement from Warners, the studio said it became aware that someone in the production was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, the actor said on Twitter.
The actor, 63, said that he and Wilson, also 63, were tested in Australia, where he is working on a film, after they felt tired with slight fevers.
"To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive," Hanks said in the tweet.
He said that he and Wilson would be "tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires."
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China reported 31,454 fresh coronavirus cases, as per the official data on Thursday. This is the highest daily figure since the virus was detected in Wuhan in 2019. Despite a strict zero-COVID policy, why has the country not been able to stop the surge?