Elvis biopic, which shut down after Tom Hanks got COVID-19, resuming production in Australia

The upcoming Elvis Presley biopic featuring Tom Hanks is resuming production in Australia on Sept. 23, according to multiple reports, about six months after filming was halted when Hanks contracted coronavirus.

In a statement to Deadline and Variety, director Baz Luhrmann commented on the news.

“We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business!’” the statement reads. “It is a real privilege in this unprecedented global moment that Tom Hanks has been able to return to Australia to join Austin Butler and all of our extraordinary cast and crew to commence production on ‘Elvis.”

He continued, “I cannot emphasize enough how lucky we feel in the current climate that the state of Queensland, and Queenslanders in general, have been so supportive of this film. We thank our partners in the Queensland Government and Queensland Health for their extremely diligent process, so that we can be an example how creativity and productivity can proceed safely and responsibly in a way that protects our team and the community at large.”

He added that the team is excited to start working with Hanks when he is “out of quarantine in two weeks.”

Reps for Hanks, Luhrmann and Butler did not immediately return USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Hanks, 64, revealed on social media March 11 that he and wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia. The actor later donated his plasma to coronavirus research and continues to promote social distancing and wearing a mask when around others.

“It think the huge majority of Americans get it,” he told “Today” host Hoda Kotb in July. “There’s no law against ignorance. It’s not illegal to have opinions that are wrong. I think you flub a number of realities when two and two don’t add up to four. Granted this is a mysterious thing where people are asymptomatic, they don’t know they have it, they don’t feel bad.

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff

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