Alec Baldwin will remain the star of the film “Rust” as it restarts production, the film’s attorney has confirmed.
The 64-year-old actor will be charged with manslaughter in the 2021 death of Halyna Hutchins, despite previously insisting he didn’t pull the trigger.
Hutchins’ widower Matt, who shared his 10-year-old son Andros with the late cinematographer, will remain the film’s executive producer – a role he took on as part of the wrongful death lawsuit that was settled. for an undisclosed amount in October. .
“Rust” will also see its director Joel Souza return, although he was injured in the shooting.
“The film is still on track for completion,” Rust Movie Productions attorney Melina Spadone said in a statement.
Hutchins was killed on set outside Sante Fe, New Mexico on October 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s prop gun discharged a live round and struck her in the chest. She was 42 years old.
The actor’s attorney has since called the charge against the “30 Rock” actor a “terrible miscarriage of justice.”
On January 19, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said she planned to charge both Baldwin and the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, with two counts of manslaughter.
Gutierrez-Reed — who oversaw the weapons on set — has repeatedly denied responsibility for the shooting. She was once described as being “a little careless with guns”.
Both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be charged “alternatively,” meaning the jury will decide which of the two charges – manslaughter or manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act – they are or are not guilty of.
The first charge carries a maximum sentence of 18 months, but because the second charge includes firearm enhancement, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed would face a mandatory five-year sentence if convicted.
In January 2022, Gutierrez-Reed filed a lawsuit against the accessory company that supplied the cartridges, alleging that it was selling blanks and mixed lives.
In November, Baldwin filed lawsuits against several members of the film’s crew. Lawyers for Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed protested their clients’ innocence and pledged to fight the manslaughter charges.
With post wires