Morgan Freeman unable to attend press trip due to contagious illness

Morgan Freeman

The 86-year-old actor was unable to travel for the promotional event of his new series ‘Special Ops: Lioness’ on Paramount+ alongside Nicole Kidman and Zoe Saldana. His doctor advised him to cancel the trip as he had a fever and a contagious infection. However, his representative confirmed that he is now feeling fine.

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While Nicole and Zoe attended various events for the series, Morgan couldn’t join them on ‘The One Show’ and missed the photocall and screening.

‘Special Ops: Lioness’ is a spy thriller inspired by a real CIA program. The show follows marine Joe, played by Zoe, as she navigates her personal and professional life in the war on terror. Morgan portrays US secretary of state Edwin Mullins, while Nicole portrays the CIA’s senior supervisor Kaitlyn Meade.

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The show will debut on July 23, with two episodes releasing at the start and the rest coming out weekly until September 3, when the finale airs.

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In a previous interview, Morgan expressed how his fame as a star has limited his opportunities to be a character actor. He admired actors like Robert De Niro who transformed themselves for different roles, but as he became more well-known, he found himself being offered similar types of roles. Despite the challenges, Morgan has embraced his status as a star in the industry.