In a tragic accident, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured in an incident involving a stopper gun on the set of the Netflix western movie “Rust,” which was filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Variety reports that according to the astronomer’s office in Santa Fe County, the film’s star and producer Alec Baldwin has reportedly fired the plug weapon. They said in a statement (via TMZ) that according to investigators at the time, a scene involving the use of items in the prop was being filmed. Detectives are now investigating how and what type of projectile or projectiles were discharged.
Hutchin’s death was confirmed by the sheriff’s office, while Souza is reportedly receiving emergency treatment at a hospital in Santa Fe. No charges have been filed and the set is reportedly closed. The incident was reported at. 13:50 Mountain Time.
Hutchins was airlifted to a hospital in Albuquerque, where she died. She had just started her playing career, was considered a rising star in this field and had recently filmed the “Archenemy” directed by Joe Manganiello in 2020.
Frances Fisher, Jensen Ackles, Brady Noon and Travis Fimmel also star in the film about a notorious outlaw whose 13-year-old grandson has been convicted of an unintentional murder. Ackles plays an American marshal and Fimmel plays a bounty hunter on the couple’s tail.
The ranch contains five movie sets and has been used in dozens of movies, including “Cowboys & Aliens”, “Thor”, “Lonesome Dove”, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”, “Hostiles”, “Silverado”, “Only the Brave, “” A Million Ways to Die in the West “, and the remakes of” 3:10 for Yuma “and” The Lone Ranger “.
Update: Deadline has issued a statement from a spokesman for the film’s production company: “The entire cast and crew have been completely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones. We have stopped production of the film for an indefinite period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police investigation. We will be offering advice to anyone connected to the film as we work to address this horrific event. ”