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Black Western starring Idris Elba pauses filming after positive COVID-19 test

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Idris Elba (Photo credit: Bang Media)

The Harder They Fall has paused filming after a member of the production team tested positive for coronavirus.

Shooting on the Western motion picture, which features Idris Elba, got underway in Mexico five weeks ago, but filming has stopped for now due to the COVID-19 case.

An insider told Variety that none of the primary cast — who also include Regina King — are thought to have tested positive.

Production on the Netflix film — which is to be produced by rapper Jay-Z — is expected to get back underway this week.

Last month, King, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo and Zazie Beetz joined the cast of the movie, which will also star Jonathan Majors.

The story follows outlaw Nat Love, who discovers the man who killed his parents 20 years ago is being released from prison, so he decides to reunite with his gang to exact revenge.

Jeymes Samuel will make his directorial debut on the film and has also written the script with Boaz Yakin.

Samuel and Jay-Z will also work together on the soundtrack, as they did for 2013’s The Great Gatsby.

Elba announced in mid-March he had tested positive for coronavirus.

He wrote on social media at the time: “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing … No panic.”

Earlier this month, Elba described for his 4.7 million Instagram followers what it’s like to film a movie during a pandemic in the post below.

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