Breaking News
More () »

13 WTHR Indianapolis | Indianapolis Local News & Weather

People: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson back home in LA

While in Australia, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for coronavirus.
Tom Hanks spoke to military caregivers at the "Hidden Heroes" banquet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday. (WTHR photo)

LOS ANGELES (WTHR) - People is reporting that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are back in Los Angeles.

On their website, People said Friday "the couple were photographed driving in L.A. with Hanks behind the wheel and Wilson, both 63, in the passenger seat two weeks after they were both diagnosed with coronavirus."

The most recent post on Hanks' Twitter page was March 22, and referred to the importance of obeying rules of social distancing.

The couple announced their diagnosis while in Australia, saying they were both tired, had cold hands and body aches. They were tested for the new virus, and the results came back positive.

The New York Times said the pair were in Australia for the pre-production for a film about Elvis Presley for Warner Bros. In the film, two-time Oscar winner Hanks plays Presley’s longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Here's Tom Hank's initial statement:

"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?

We’ll keep the world posted and updated.

Take care of yourselves!


The New York Times said production on the film, which is being directed by Baz Luhrmann, was set to begin filming on Monday. Australia has had more than 120 cases confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday.