The production crew for The Batman are “working round the clock” to get most of the scenes without Robert Pattinson who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is under self-isolation.
The 34-year-old who was said to have shown up on the set with a temperature will be away from the set for the quarantine period of 14 days while he goes through his recovery, making sure that nobody else on the set gets affected by COVID-19.
The fears, in this case, are legit. It’s not just about the celebrated actor’s health — halting production for two weeks could cost them more than $6.6 million.
Without his leading man, the director of the movie, Matt Reeves, is trying to get most of the work done at the Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
The filming crew comprising of 130 members have cut-off direct contact with the actor and have been asked to return to work as the filming shifts to a different studio.
A set insider told MailOnline: ‘Anything that can be shot and does not involve Pattinson will now go ahead.
“That includes scenes with his body double. The aim is to get as much done as possible before he returns and the hope is that none of the other actors get the virus.
“Crew can be replaced as most are freelance and hired for the duration of the shoot but it would be disastrous if another major actor gets the virus.
“Production staff are working round the clock to get things moving and allow some filming to take place.”
The results for the actor came back positive on Thursday and it caused an immediate shutdown of the entire on-set production.
Warner Bros studio issued a statement without naming Pattinson.
“'A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” the statement said.
Later, a source confirmed to Vanity Fair that it was the lead Pattinson who had tested positive, leading to the shutdown in production for the highly-awaited movie.
Speaking of the shutdown, the insider continued:
’We have been sent a memo telling us that a member of the crew has had a positive COVID-19 test.
“Everyone was talking on the set how Robert Pattinson had an elevated temperature when he turned up for work. It was common knowledge among the crew.
“We did not know if he is the person who has tested positive, but we all guessed it was.
“If it was a member of the crew they could be replaced and shooting could continue. Only when filming stops altogether you know it’s one of the principals involved.”