Hollywood star Tom Hanks is all set to resume shooting for the untitled Elvis Presley biopic in Australia. Tom along with his wife Rita was in Australia filming the project when they contracted Covid-19 in March.
Reportedly, shooting for the Baz Luhrmann directorial will restart from September 23 after six months of the production shutdown due to the global pandemic.
Sharing the news, director, Baz said, “We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business!’ 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. 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 are all excited to start working with Tom Hanks when he is out of quarantine in two weeks.”
Baz also thanked their partners in the Queensland Government and Queensland Health for their extremely diligent process.
He further said, “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.”
The film was in advanced stages of pre-production in March when Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus.
The musical drama is about the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the lens of his complicated relationship with his manager, Tom Parker. The Warner Bros film stars Austin Butler as Elvis, Tom Hanks as Parker and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his stardom. The film will resume shooting in Queensland, Australia.