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Baz Luhrmann ‘excited’ to return to work on Tom Hanks’ Elvis biopic after Covid-19 shutdown

Baz Luhrmann is looking forward to “taking care of business” on his Elvis Presley biopic after Tom Hanks emerges from his two-week quarantine in Australia.

Work on the project ground to a halt earlier this year (2020) when Hanks, who will play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker in the film, and his actress wife Rita Wilson fell ill with the coronavirus.

Hanks was spotted arriving Down Under again earlier this month (September 2020), and now director Luhrmann has confirmed in a statement to Variety that they are gearing up to restart work on the film.

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“We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business!’ ” he said. “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 thank our partners in the Queensland Government and Queensland Health for their extremely diligent process, so that we can be an example of how creativity and productivity can proceed safely and responsibly in a way that protects our team and the community at large. We are all excited to start working with Tom Hanks when he is out of quarantine in two weeks.”

Filming will resume on September 23rd in Queensland.

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