Crowe’s “Poker Face” Shut Down Early

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Production of the Russell Crowe-directed thriller “Poker Face” has been shut down in Sydney, Australia just six days out from the end of the film’s shoot.

The film is set in the world of high-stakes poker and international finance. Crowe stars as a tech billionaire caught in a risky card game. Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and RZA co-star.

A coronavirus case was confirmed positive among the film’s crew with a second case under investigation by both the production’s own COVID team and NSWHealth. Crowe announced the shutdown in a series of Twitter messages on Tuesday saying:

“For the safety of cast and crew and the wider community, the production has been immediately paused and everyone instructed to isolate whilst the situation is looked into. We have followed strict protocols with cast and crew being tested three times a week for the past 11+ weeks.

The crew have been masked on set the whole time except for three individuals with medical exemptions. We feel for the crew members involved, like all the people on this show 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”

The film has managed to conduct almost its entire shoot in and around Sydney and the Fox Studios facility despite a local lockdown having engulfed much of the state of New South Wales since late June due to the Delta variant of the virus and a population still only 35% fully vaccinated due to a slow start to the rollout.

As a result, the production has attracted local controversy for operating despite Public Health Orders, especially as some of the locations were only 15 minutes away from zones under total lockdown.

Source: Variety

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