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Production on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic shut down as Tom Hanks tests positive for coronavirus
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Production on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic shut down as Tom Hanks tests positive for coronavirus

Production on Baz Luhrmann's new biopic of Elvis Presley has shut down after it was revealed that star Tom Hanks has tested positive for coronavirus. 

Hanks, who is in Australia in pre-production on the film, has revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the virus. 

He said: "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that come 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. 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?"

Warner Brothers, who are making the film, confirmed production has been suspended. 

They said in a statement: "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."

Hanks will star alongside Austin Butler in the new Elvis biopic. Hanks will play Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis's fearsome manager. 

Butler, who is best known for his role in fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, beat off competition from Miles Teller, Harry Styles, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Baby Driver mainman Ansel Elgort to win the role. 

There is no release date for the new biopic scheduled as yet. It will track Presley's rise to stardom over a 20-year-period. 

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