AceShowbiz - The cast and crew of Nicole Kidman's upcoming "Nine Perfect Strangers'" adaptation will be given regular coronavirus tests while confined to their Australian hotel rooms before filming begins on the TV drama.
Actor Luke Evans, who will co-star with Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, reveals everyone involved in the production will have to abide by the strict quarantine rules for two weeks before cameras start rolling, to ensure they are all free of COVID-19 after entering the country.
"We all have to be quarantined in a hotel room," he explains on the upcoming episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket".
"I can't see anyone for two weeks. I have to be tested every other day. Everything is going to be delivered to my room and I have to stay in a room in Australia and not leave it for two weeks, just so that we can then be free to go and shoot something."
The extra precautions are in line with advice issued by officials at the Australian Screen Production Industry, who have also suggested reducing possible exposure to the coronavirus by having castmembers dress themselves and fix their own hair and makeup, wherever possible, as film and TV projects start up again following a months-long shutdown.
It's not clear exactly where or when "Nine Perfect Strangers" producers aim to begin shooting, but Evans' comments emerge as the number of positive cases in certain states Down Under have started to spike once more.
The limited series, based on the book by "Big Little Lies" author Liane Moriarty, focuses on the clients of a high-end health and wellness retreat, run by Kidman's character, Masha.
It is expected to debut on streaming service Hulu in 2021.