AceShowbiz - Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are down with coronavirus. The married celebrity couple has been tested positive for the illness while staying in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley film for Warner Bros.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor released a statement via Instagram on Wednesday, March 11 to explain his and his wife's conditions. "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," he shared, before confirming the diagnosis, "To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."
Tom said that he and Rita, both 63 years old, are following the country's health protocols and "will be tested observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires." He promised to "keep the world posted and updated," before signing off with a message for people to "Take care of yourselves!"
In light of Tom's diagnosis, Warner Bros. also released a statement via Deadline. It read, "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)."
"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," it continued. "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 is cast as Elvis Presley's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker in the upcoming movie. It is scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on October 1, 2021.