Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted the coronavirus, Covid-19, in the U.S., according to Australian health officials.
The Hollywood power couple announced that they both had the virus on Thursday (March 12, 2020), with both having traveled to Queensland, Australia for pre-production on director Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming film about Elvis Presley.
Without naming the stars, officials from the Queensland Health department said that they believed that all the new cases they are dealing with, including Tom and Rita, both 63, originated outside the U.S.
“At this stage, we believe all seven contracted the illness outside Australia and traveled to Queensland with the virus,” an official said in a filmed press conference posted on Facebook. “They are all receiving fantastic care at hospitals throughout Queensland.”
A later Facebook post stated that a 63-year-old male is “in isolation in the Gold Coast Hospital in a stable condition” having recently arrived there from the U.S. and that a female who was his traveling companion is in a similar condition in the same hospital.
Their sons Chet and Colin have said the couple is doing well, but production on the Elvis biopic, in which Tom was due to play the rock legend’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, has shut down – with cast and crew sent home to await instructions.
A spokesperson for the film’s studio, Warner Bros., has said they are working with local health officials to identify those who may be at risk of contracting the virus.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also advised those who may have come into close contact with the famously approachable stars to self-isolate and quarantine.