“Rust” is eager to switch production sites, and has opted for the picturesque Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana as its new filming location- a move away from New Mexico.Filming is set to This spring, Alec Baldwin reprises his role as the lead in Joel Souza’s Western movie despite facing involuntary manslaughter charges over the 2021 death of Halyna Hutchins. Despite firmly denying having pulled the trigger, Baldwin returns to set with conviction and determination.
“We’ve learned so much about Halyna as a friend and colleague, the depth of her artistry, and the lasting impact she had on so many,” Yellowstone Film Ranch co-founders Richard Gray, Carter Boehm, and Colin Davis said in a joint statement, per THR.
“We are honored to play a role in the realization of her vision and to carry forward her inspiring legacy through championing this film.”
“The dedication and passion of the entire ‘Rust’ production team to honor Halyna’s vision has deeply moved us,” they added.
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Last year’s “Murder at Yellowstone City” and Nicolas Cage’s upcoming 2023 movie, “The Old Way,” both utilized the picture-perfect backdrop of this film’s new filming location.
In a separate statement, the film’s director Joel Souza, who was injured in the shooting, said resuming the film’s production and “honoring Halyna means the world to me and our entire production team.”
“The beauty of Montana surpasses words, and the warm hospitality and kindness extended by everyone I’ve met has been both humbling and inspiring,” he said, adding that it’s a “privilege to work with such great partners as we see this through on Halyna’s behalf.”
Just days after the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office dropped a firearm-enhancement charge related to an involuntary manslaughter case against Baldwin, 64, production of the film has been relocated. Despite this reprieve, Baldwin still faces a potential 18 month sentence if found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting incident.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was relieved of the gun enhancement charge as well.
Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot on the movie set outside Sante Fe, N.M., on Oct. 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s prop gun discharged a live round and struck her in the chest.