American actor Tom Hanks has jetted back into the Gold Coast, several months after recovering from coronavirus while down under.
The 64-year-old touched down in a private jet at Coolangatta Airport on Tuesday evening, with photos showing the much-loved Hollywood actor walking across the tarmac with his trusty type-writer in hand.
Hanks is back on Australian soil for filming of Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, which is expected to resume at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford next month.
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The production was put on hold in March this year after Hanks and wife Rita Wilson tested positive to COVID-19.
It forced several people involved in the film into isolation, while the celebrity couple recovered in the Gold Coast University Hospital before flying home.
The movie star is believed to be staying at a resort in Broadbeach, where fellow actor Austin Butler, who is playing Elvis Presley in the film, is also understood to be residing.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed in parliament this morning that Hanks will still be required to complete the mandatory two-week quarantine.
However, it’s believed Hanks has been given an exemption to self-isolate in an apartment, and not a quarantine hotel.
“The industry plan for COVID in relation to the screen industry is a plan that has been approved, just like there is for the resources industry, just like there is for the agriculture industry,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Under that plan, they have to stay in the place for two weeks, just like everybody else… They will have random checks, as is my understanding, by police.”
The Premier revealed in June that she was working closely with renowned director Baz Luhrmann to get the blockbuster rolling safely again.
“We want to ensure that this can happen as soon as possible while making sure that the cast and crew can operate safely,” she said.
“Screen Queensland and Queensland Health are also currently developing a screen industry COVID safe plan that will be released shortly, paving the way for the whole sector to get rolling cameras again and crew back to work on sets.”