Pattinson tests positive for Covid: reports

Robert Pattinson is star of The Batman. Photo: Reuters
Robert Pattinson is star of The Batman. Photo: Reuters
Actor Robert Pattinson has tested positive for Covid-19, causing production in Britain on the set of his film The Batman to pause, news media are reporting,  highlighting the industry's struggles to get back to business after months of a pandemic-induced shutdown.

Warner Bros., the Hollywood studio behind the movie, said in a statement on Thursday that a member of The Batman production had tested positive for the coronavirus, but did not give a name. "Filming is temporarily paused." It did not say for how long.

Vanity Fair and the Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources as saying the person who tested positive was Pattinson, the film's star.

Warner Bros. and the British actor's representatives did not immediately return calls seeking comment on the reports.

It was not clear to what extent Pattinson (34), best known for his breakout role in the vampire movie series Twilight, was suffering Covid symptoms.

Filming of The Batman had resumed in Leavesden, north of London, only three days ago after being shut down in mid-March, along with dozens of other movies and television shows around the world due to the pandemic.

The movie, in which the Pattinson stars as the comic book hero, has about three months of material left to shoot, according to Hollywood trade outlets.  Its release was pushed back earlier this year from June 2021 to October 2021.

Movie and TV production has been slow to get going again in the United States under complex safety procedures that include testing, quarantine and social distancing on sets that employ dozens of crew members, makeup artists, actors, extras and other production staff.

Some productions, including Universal Pictures' Jurassic World: Dominion, have restarted in London or in Eastern Europe, while the cast of the Avatar sequel is back at work in New Zealand, where the coronavirus has been kept in check.

Tom Cruise in July got permission to shoot parts of the next Mission Impossible thriller in Norway without having to follow quarantine requirements.

However, Variety reported that the production has hired two cruise ships to house the crew to keep them apart from locals. 



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