Russell Crowe’s thriller Poker Face is shut down after a Covid-19 outbreak


Russell Crowe’s thriller Poker Face is shut down after a Covid-19 outbreak on set at Sydney’s Fox Studios


Production on Russell Crowe’s new thriller Poker Face has been paused after a crew member tested positive to Covid-19 at Sydney’s Fox Studios.

The movie was scheduled to wrap in less than a week, but filming has been halted for the time being after the cast and crew were instructed to isolate.

Crowe, 57, confirmed in a series of tweets on Tuesday shooting had been temporarily suspended but he hoped to be ‘back up and running very soon’.

Suspended: Production on Russell Crowe’s (pictured) new thriller Poker Face has been paused after a crew member tested positive to Covid-19 at Sydney’s Fox Studios

Poker Face began filming in the Kiama and Berry region of NSW earlier this month, before spending a week shooting at Crown Towers in Sydney’s Barangaroo.

‘Unfortunately six days from the end of our shoot on Poker Face we have had a confirmed positive Covid case amongst our crew and a second possible positive under further investigation by our Covid team and NSW Health,’ Crowe tweeted.

‘The crew have been masked on set the whole time except for three individuals with medical exemptions,’ he added.

‘We feel for the crew members involved. They are both very committed team players and diligent in their approach to their work responsibilities.

‘We also feel for the wider community going through these difficult times. We hope this situation will be confined and we can be back up and running very soon.’ 

Lockdown: The movie was scheduled to wrap in less than a week, but filming has been halted for the time being after the cast and crew were instructed to isolate

Lockdown: The movie was scheduled to wrap in less than a week, but filming has been halted for the time being after the cast and crew were instructed to isolate

On location: Poker Face began filming in the Kiama and Berry region of NSW earlier this month (pictured), before spending a week shooting at Crown Towers in Sydney's Barangaroo

On location: Poker Face began filming in the Kiama and Berry region of NSW earlier this month (pictured), before spending a week shooting at Crown Towers in Sydney’s Barangaroo

Crowe appears to be self-isolating in his apartment in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo.

‘Look what somebody has left in my front garden. This boat is a roll on, roll off ferry that usually does the Melbourne to Devonport run across the tempestuous Bass Strait,’ he tweeted from his apartment at 9am on Tuesday.

The set of Poker Face was operating under strict Covid-19 protocols, with the film expected to inject millions of dollars into the local economy through tourism, employment and box-office sales. 

Isolating: Crowe tweeted his view from Crown Towers on Friday

Isolating: Crowe tweeted his view from Crown Towers on Friday

Cast members were required to get tested for the virus every three days, and were also under strict rules not to enter any hotspot zones.

The New Zealand-born actor, who is directing and starring in the psychological thriller alongside Liam Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, was last seen on set on Friday.

Reported emerged last month that Crowe had been upgraded to director of the film.

Isolating: Crowe appears to be self-isolating in his apartment in Woolloomooloo. Pictured: Crowe's tweet from 9am on Tuesday

Isolating: Crowe appears to be self-isolating in his apartment in Woolloomooloo. Pictured: Crowe’s tweet from 9am on Tuesday 

He was previously listed as an actor on the IMDb database, but took over from Gary Fleder as director.

It’s believed the change was made due to Australia’s Covid restrictions, which made it difficult for American Fleder to travel Down Under. 

Fox Studios Australia and Arclight Films did not responded to requests for comment.

Cast: The New Zealand-born actor, who is directing and starring in the psychological thriller alongside Liam Hemsworth (pictured) and Elsa Pataky, was last seen on set on Friday

Cast: The New Zealand-born actor, who is directing and starring in the psychological thriller alongside Liam Hemsworth (pictured) and Elsa Pataky, was last seen on set on Friday 

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