Elvis Presley movie HALTS filming after Tom Hanks confirms coronavirus diagnosis | Films | Entertainment

Elvis Presley’s life is being given the Baz Luhrmann treatment in a new film currently set for release next year. But now, the biopic, which stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, has halted production amid the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Tom Hanks, who is playing Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, announced last night that he had been diagnosed with the virus.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Pictures said they were working to identify anyone who may have come into contact with Hanks.

“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,” the statement, obtained by IndieWire, said.

“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;.

“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,” they continued. “The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”


The Elvis movie is currently due to be released in October 2012.

Pre-production kicked off in January.

Hanks also has other movies opening in the coming months.

Greyhound is set for release in May, as well as BIOS and News of the World both coming later this year.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has exceeded 126,000 worldwide.

In Australia, where the Elvis movie is in pre-production, Labor politicians have called for the implementation of social distancing “not in weeks and months but in days” as the pandemic worsens all around the world.

“Singapore and Japan and parts of China, they are putting in more draconian reactions,” the Australian Shadow Cabinet minister Bill Shorten told Sky News. 

“As a result it would appear that some of their pandemic numbers are not going to be as bad as other countries who are going too little too late.”

China, where the outbreak began, had over 114,000 cases of coronavirus by the end of last month.

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