Rust (upcoming film)

Directed byJoel Souza
Screenplay byJoel Souza
Story by
Produced by
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Matt DelPiano
  • Ryan Donnell Smith
  • Anjul Nigam
  • Ryan Winterstern
  • Nathan Klingher
CinematographyHalyna Hutchins
CountryUnited States
Budget$6–7 million[1][2]

Rust is an upcoming American Western film written and directed by Joel Souza. It stars Alec Baldwin, Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, Frances Fisher, and Jensen Ackles. In October 2021, production was suspended indefinitely after a firearms shooting incident, in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed when a gun used as a prop was fired by Baldwin; director Souza was wounded by the same projectile.


In 1880s Kansas, outlaw Harland Rust rescues his thirteen-year-old grandson Lucas, who has been sentenced to hang for murder after an accidental shooting. Now fugitives, the pair have to outrun U.S. Marshal Wood Helm and bounty hunter Fenton "Preacher" Lang.[3][4]




In May 2020, it was announced that Alec Baldwin would produce and star in Rust, a Western based on a story he created with writer and director Joel Souza.[3] Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter that he was elated to work with Souza after missing the opportunity to star in Crown Vic (2019). He compared the screenplay to the film Unforgiven (1992), and said it was inspired by a true story. When asked about his gun slinging and horse riding skills, he said: "They're always at the ready. I'm an actor of the old school. So if you read my resume – my motorcycle riding, my French, juggling, my horseback riding, my gunplay – is all right at my fingertips at all times."[5]

Rust was being produced on a $6–7 million budget and has been described as a "passion project" for Baldwin. The film's distribution rights were sold for $2 million during the pre-production phase.[6][7] Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, and Frances Fisher joined the cast in September 2021,[8] with Jensen Ackles being cast the following month.[9] As a result of the low budget, the production had limited resources and a tight filming schedule of 21 days.[6][10] Filming began in New Mexico on October 6, 2021.[11]

Shooting incident

See also


  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 23, 2021). "'Rust' Director Joel Souza 'Gutted By The Loss' Of DP Halyna Hutchins Following Tragedy On Alec Baldwin Western". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2021. We understand that the $7M production of Rust was 50% completed at the time of the tragic incident.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 25, 2021). "Hollywood Studios Reviewing Gun Safety Protocols Following Fatal 'Rust' Shooting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 26, 2021. Rust had the budget of an average episode of a high-end drama series, about $6 million-$7 million, and a tight 21-day filming schedule.
  3. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (May 29, 2021). "Alec Baldwin To Produce & Star In 'Rust' Western With 'Crown Vic's Joel Souza Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Aquilina, Tyler (October 23, 2021). "Everything we know about Rust, the Alec Baldwin film that resulted in a fatal shooting". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  5. ^ Ritman, Alex (June 21, 2020). "Alec Baldwin on His Upcoming Western, Filmmaking Post-Pandemic and Onscreen Versatility: 'I'm an Actor of the Old School'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Flint, Joe (October 26, 2021). "Alec Baldwin's Low-Budget Film 'Rust' Was Never Meant for the Big Screen". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (May 29, 2021). "Alec Baldwin To Produce & Star In 'Rust' Western With 'Crown Vic's Joel Souza Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 14, 2021). "'Rust': Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon And Frances Fisher To Ride With Alec Baldwin In His Western". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 12, 2021). "Jensen Ackles Joins Alec Baldwin In Western 'Rust'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  10. ^ Romero, Simon; Jacobs, Julia (October 24, 2021). "Alec Baldwin Was Rehearsing Pointing Gun at Camera, Affidavit Says". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  11. ^ James, Meg (October 22, 2021). "Alec Baldwin 'Rust' camera crew walked off the set in protest before the fatal shooting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2021.

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