Renowned actor Morgan Freeman, 86, has had to forgo a scheduled press trip to the United Kingdom due to falling ill with a ‘fever’ and contracting a suspected ‘contagious infection’.
The esteemed American actor, known for his iconic roles, made the difficult decision to remain in the United States after his doctors diagnosed him with a ‘contagious infection’. Consequently, he was unable to travel to the UK as planned to join his co-stars Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman in promoting their upcoming spy thriller, Special Ops: Lioness.
Regrettably, Morgan’s absence was notable during a series of press engagements in London, including a screening of their Paramount+ show on Tuesday, which both Zoe and Nicole attended. The talented duo also made an appearance on The One Show, where host Alex Jones expressed her disappointment at Morgan’s absence.
Clarifying Morgan’s nonattendance, his representative informed MailOnline, “Morgan has a fever, and his doctor believed he had a contagious infection, so he canceled his trip. He is fine now.”
While recuperating, Morgan, who also manages fibromyalgia, is currently gearing up for the release of his latest project, the Paramount+ series Special Ops: Lioness.
Meanwhile, Zoe and Nicole maintained a rigorous press schedule, attending a photocall at IET London before proceeding to a screening at Tate Britain on Tuesday. The highly anticipated spy thriller, inspired by a real-life CIA program, delves into the life of marine Joe (portrayed by Zoe) as she navigates the intricate balance between her personal and professional life while serving as the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror.
Penned by the renowned Taylor Sheridan, who typically specializes in westerns, this series marks a departure from his usual genre as he collaborates with Morgan, Zoe, Nicole, Laysla De Oliveira, and Michael Kelly.
In Special Ops: Lioness, set to premiere on July 23, Morgan assumes the role of Edwin Mullins, the United States Secretary of State. Zoe takes on the lead character of Joe, the station chief of The Lioness Program, who must train and lead her female undercover operatives, preparing them for the imminent danger they will face. Nicole stars as Kaitlyn Meade, the CIA’s senior supervisor, who recruits the aggressive Marine Raider Cruz (De Oliveira) to work undercover alongside Joe as the CIA strives to prevent another catastrophic event like 9/11. Bassem Youssef plays Amrohi, a self-made billionaire with ties to terrorism, having amassed his fortune through legitimate means before profiteering from the wars that devastated the Middle East, despite his role in its reconstruction.
Both Zoe and Nicole serve as executive producers of the series, which was produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios for Paramount+. The show also features an impressive ensemble cast, including Dave Annable, Jill Wagner, LaMonica Garrett, James Jordan, Austin Hébert, Jonah Wharton, Stephanie Nur, and Hannah Love Lanier.