Alec Baldwin’s Rust has resumed filming as of April 21, 2023, after the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins due to a live bullet being fired from a prop gun used by Baldwin on the set of the project back in 2021.
The cast and crew of the movie returned to produce the project in Montana at the Yellowstone Film Ranch, shortly after the state of New Mexico officially dropped the involuntary manslaughter charges against the producer and star of the movie, Alec Baldwin.
New crew members have now joined the production, including Safety Officers Gary Jensen and Paul Jordan (Tenet Production Safety), along with EP/LP Stephen Marinaccio (Jack Ryan) and Production Designer Christine Brandt (Card Counter).
Filmmaker Joel Souza returned to the team, who was injured in the shoulder from the discharged live bullet from the movie’s prop gun that Baldwin used during filming back in October of 2021, stated “Though bittersweet, I am grateful that a brilliant and dedicated new production team is joining former cast and crew to complete what Halyna and I started. My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. The beauty of Montana surpasses words, and the warm hospitality and kindness extended by everyone I’ve met has been both humbling and inspiring. It is a privilege to work alongside such great partners as we see this through on Halyna’s behalf.”
Melina Spadone, Rust Movie Productions attorney, mentioned in the official press release that the production is expected to wrap by the end of May 2023, saying “The production will continue to utilize union crew members and will bar any use of working weapons and any form of ammunition. Live ammunition is (…) and always was (…) prohibited on set. Each and every one of us is wholeheartedly dedicated to realizing Halyna’s vision and paying tribute to her artistry”.
It was also announced that Patrick Scott McDermott (Chicago Med, South Side) will be playing the role of Lucas Hollister in the movie, alongside fellow cast members such as Travis Fimmel, Jensen Ackles, Frances Fisher, and Devon Werkheiser.
Halyna Hutchins’ widower, Matthew Hutchins, will serve as an Executive Producer (EP) on the now revived Rust production, as well as a documentary about his late wife, which was a part of Hutchins’ legal settlement with the movie’s producers.
Cinematographer Binaca Cline (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On) will now complete the production that the late Halyna Hutchins began, with Cline donating her salary to charity in honour of the late cinematographer.