In early March 2020, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson became the first celebrities to announce they were diagnosed with coronavirus.
The couple was in Australia, where Hanks was in pre-production for the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, where he will play The King’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
After being diagnosed, the couple was isolated in a local hospital for three days before self-quarantining at their home in Australia.
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
They returned home to America after several weeks and Hanks even felt well enough to host the first Saturday Night Live At Home episode.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, production halted on just about every thing, with TV shows and movies just now resuming filming with lots of new protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
Elvis, the Baz Luhrmann-helmed biopic about the King of Rock and Roll, seems to be ready to film again, seeing as it’s been reported that Hanks is back in Australia to shoot. But first, he is quarantined in his hotel room for two weeks.
He arrived Down Under on Tuesday (Sept. 8) via a private plane, which likely means he will start filming on August 23 or soon after. Hanks will star alongside Austin Butler as Elvis, Olivia Dejonge as Priscilla Presley, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Elvis’ mom Gladys, and Rufus Sewell as the singer’s dad Vernon.
Lurhmann confirmed the cast and crew is back to “Takin’ Care of Business” with an Instagram post on Wednesday (Sept. 9). He’s even wearing a mask with Elvis’ TCB logo on it.