Tom Hanks said on Wednesday (March 11) that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for the Coronavirus. The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor and director is in Australia, where he was set to film a movie about the life of Elvis Presley.
Hanks was playing the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, who groomed the famous singer to stardom in the 1950s. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film was due to begin production on Monday (March 9).
“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,” Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, said in a statement.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia,” Mr. Hanks said in a statement. “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.”
He added that he and Ms. Wilson “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,” he said.
The Coronavirus has now spread to over 100 countries, infected 117,000 people, and killed over 4,200 people.