‘Rust’ will be completed with Alec Baldwin in the lead role, lawyer says
Western ‘Rust’ will continue filming with Alec Baldwin in the lead role, a production lawyer said Monday, days after prosecutors announced they would charge the actor with the fatal murder of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin will continue to play grandfather Harland Rust while Joel Souza will return as director of “Rust” after his injury while filming in October 2021, said Rust Movie Productions attorney Melina Spadone.
The late cinematographer’s husband, Matt Hutchins, remains an executive producer, she said.
“The film is still on track for completion,” Spadone said in a statement.
Hutchins died on a film set outside Santa Fe, New Mexico when a Baldwin revolver was rehearsing with a live ammunition that also hit Souza.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said Thursday she plans to charge both Baldwin and the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, with two counts of manslaughter in connection with the Death of Hutchins.
Baldwin reached a settlement in October of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Hutchins family under which Hutchins would play a production role in “Rust” and filming would resume this month.
Baldwin denied responsibility for the shooting, saying live ammunition should never have been allowed on set and that gun handlers were responsible for gun safety. (Reuters)