Alec Baldwin poses with gun and ammo in newly released Rust rehearsal video

Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' Releases First Photos Of Western Film

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By Kristin Myers on January 2, 2024 at 7:15 PM EST

The Western film "Rust" starring Alec Baldwin has released the first photos of the film ahead of its release.

On October 21, 2021, the film made headlines when a gun held by the "30 Rock" actor went off, striking and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Although both Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed were charged in January 2022, charges against Baldwin were dropped pending further investigation in April 2022. So far, only Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is facing charges. Her trial has been scheduled for February 2024.

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'Rust' Releases First Photos A Month Before Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed's Trial

Police release photos from the set of Rust after fatal shooting

In April 2023, production of the Western film moved from New Mexico to the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana. Production wrapped a few weeks later, although "Rust" producers have yet to announce a release date for the film.

The visual style of the photos blends the visual style of Halyna Hutchins and Bianca Cline, who received the blessing of widow Matthew Hutchins. Matthew is now an executive producer on the film as part of a wrongful death lawsuit that was settled in October 2022.

"Rust" is based on a story by Alec Baldwin and director Joel Souza. Souza, who had been standing behind Halyna Hutchins when the gun went off, was hospitalized as a result of the incident. However, he returned to finish the film.

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Police in the US have released video footage from the set of the film Rust, including of the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin. Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot by Mr Baldwin while he rehearsed with what he believed to be a safe gun. Footage, which has no audio, released shows Baldwin dressed as a cowboy rehearsing with a gun ahead of the deadly shooting. He can be seen in stills from that video posing with the gun, and with ammo / ammunition on his costume in a scene set in a church. A clapper board with Ms Hutchins' name on it can also be seen. It's not known if the gun he is holding is the one that fired the deadly bullets. The actor, who was also a producer on the film, previously said he did not pull the trigger and had no idea how a live bullet came to be on the set near Santa Fe in the US state of New Mexico. The Santa Fe County sheriff’s office released a trove of documents released to the investigation this week. 26 Apr 2022 Pictured: Alec Baldwin seen in stills from video footage of Rust rehearsals released by investigators in the US. Photo credit: Santa Fe County Sheriff/MEGA +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA851467_005.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]
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The movie tells the story of a 13-year-old boy forced to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of his parents in Kansas in the 1880s. After he is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher, his estranged grandfather Harland Rust, played by Baldwin, must get him to safety. Patrick Scott McDermott, who plays protagonist Lucas Hollister, can also be seen in the photos.

The official movie photos were first released by Deadline on January 2, 2024.

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Alec Baldwin Shared Photos From Set Before Filming Wrapped

On May 22, 2023, the “Supercell” actor took to Instagram to share a photo from the last day of filming. “Last day of filming RUST in Montana. Sorry that I did not get to work with this living legend, the great @francesfisher.Patrick, I envy you,” he wrote in the caption.

“It’s been a long and difficult road. But we reached the end of the trail today. Congratulations to Joel, Bianca, and the entire cast and crew,” he added, calling the film’s completion, “Nothing less than a miracle.”

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On May 1, the “Beetlejuice” actor shared another photo from the "Rust" set on Instagram.

“With Easton Malcolm. The next Brad Pitt. I kid you not,” Alec wrote in the caption while posing alongside the child actor.

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In a follow-up Instagram post, Alec Baldwin posed for a photo in his “Rust” costume beside the young actor and his mother. “Saying goodbye to my co-star EASTON MALCOLM wasn’t easy. Thanks, Brett, for sharing him with us. We love you, Easton,” he wrote in the caption.

Easton’s mother, Brett Ashley McMillan, commented, “Thank you, Alec. When Easton said to you, ‘You have my heart,’ I melted. Your kindness and sincerity to take care of my son while he filmed with you, will never be forgotten. You are a wonderful man and my Easton Malcolm adores you! Please come back and visit your new family in Montana!”

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Alec Baldwin pays tribute to Gordon Lightfoot in 'Rust' costume
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One fan commented, “He does seem so genuine and a good person. Love Alec!!” Brett replied, “Beyond! My son fell so easily into this friendship and Alec was supporting and cheering him on the whole way.” Another follower wrote, “Alec is a truly nice guy in person. Few celebrities are like their on-screen selves, Alec is a great guy,” to which Brett replied, “Completely agree.”

Brett also shared both photos on her own Instagram page. In the first photo, she wrote, “So proud of my son, Easton! He’s worked incredibly hard and now has a new friend and supporter, Alec.” In the caption of the second photo, she added, “Your kindness was absolutely everything to my son, Alec. Thank you.”

No release date for "Rust" has been announced.

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