Jason Momoa Shares Details About Covid Diagnosis (And Dune Might Be Involved)

Jason Momoa in Dune
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

With more and more people getting vaccinated, covid has slowly become a smaller part of the news cycle. While serious illness, and even death, are still a reality, the world is largely at least trying to get back to normal. Major movie premieres are happening again, which may be how Jason Momoa recently contracted the disease, as it looks like he may have caught the virus as part of the World Premiere of Dune.

Aquaman himself recently tested positive for coronavirus and the actor gave his fans an update via Instagram Stories. The actor ties his recent diagnosis into the premiere of Dune, saying that he crossed paths with a lot of people during that period, so it seems quite possible that was when he was exposed, though he doesn’t know for sure. The good news is that Jason Momoa is doing fine, the actor explained...

I got hit with Covid right after the premiere. There was a lot of people I met in England, and so got a lot of aloha from people. And who knows? But either way, I’m doing fine. Thank you for all your concerns and love. And, yeah, I’m just camped out in my house.

Hopefully Jason Momoa’s positive test is one of very few that came out of the Dune premiere. As the actor says, he met a lot of people, and those people also met a lot of other people, so the potential for a wider outbreak is certainly possible. 

Jason Momoa’s positive test came on the set of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The new DC sequel is far from the first movie that has needed to shut down down to positive testing. The good news is that whatever precautions the studios put in place seem to do a good job, as there haven’t been any widespread outbreaks reported on film sets. We hear of an initial case, the movie closes down for about two weeks, and then everybody goes back to work. Hopefully, that will be the case here as well.

With Jason Momoa seemingly doing well while isolating, the biggest open question is what happens to the Aquaman sequel. If the movie is only shut down for two weeks, then there likely won’t be any significant problems. However, we’ve seen recent cases, like the new Mission: Impossible movie, where one shutdown due to a positive test ends up being more than one shutdown. What’s more, movie productions tend to simply be moving slower than we’re used to due to the requirements of various safety protocols. 

The end result could end up being a release delay for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. It’s set to hit theaters in December of next year, and if the movie gets delayed long enough it could be difficult to hit that date due to not only the filming schedule but the extensive post-production work that a movie like Aquaman requires. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.