Netflix’s ‘Harder They Fall’ stops production

Idris Elba is starring in “The Harder They Fall.” The production shut down Thursday due to a positive COVID-19 test. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Ap)

Production of the Netflix film “The Harder They Fall” came to a halt on Thursday after one of the actors tested positive for COVID-19.

The production did not disclose which actor contracted the virus.

According to the state’s Rapid Response report, the positive test was listed at Santa Fe Studios.

Production began on the Western on Sept. 25, after being shut down in March as the pandemic made its way through the United States.

In the Western, outlaw Nat Love, played by Jonathan Majors, discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck, played by Idris Elba, is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Buck down and seek revenge.

Majors and Elba lead the cast, which includes Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, RJ Cyler and Regina King.

The New Mexico Film Office said film, television and video productions must adhere to COVID-safe practices set forth by the state and the film industry.

This includes wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Productions hire COVID-19 officers who monitor the health of the cast and crew. This means multiple COVID tests a week.

Zones are set up for production, and crowd scenes are basically nonexistent.

It is unclear when production will resume. Productions usually wait 14 days with no positive tests before resuming.

In March, Elba was one of the first actors to announce a positive COVID diagnosis. He has since recovered.

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