All the details we know about ‘Rust,’ the Alec Baldwin movie halted by fatal shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin
The actor Alec Baldwin at the Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, New York, on October 7, 2021. Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for National Geographic
  • Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of the movie “Rust” by a prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin.
  • Alec Baldwin is listed as a producer as well as an actor on the project.
  • The film’s plot is based on an accidental killing.

Production on the film “Rust” was halted last Thursday after the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop gun fired by the actor Alec Baldwin on set.

Filming on the project started on October 6 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The film’s plot follows a 13-year-old orphan who goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (Alec Baldwin) after he is sentenced to death for the accidental killing of a local rancher, according to the film’s official page on IMDb.

“Rust” was written and directed by the filmmaker Joel Souza. Alec Baldwin is listed as a producer as well as an actor on the project. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Baldwin compared his role in the film to Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film “Unforgiven.”

“In terms of tone, when I read it the first thing that came to mind is ‘Unforgiven,'” Baldwin said. “That time was filled with some dark realities and some harsh realities.”

Baldwin also told the publication about the origins of the film’s plot.

“Joel read a story, which was basically the answer to a question: Who was the youngest person ever to hang in the American West?” Baldwin said. “And the answer was a very young kid; I think he was 13 or 14. But literally a boy. We don’t have anything to do with the particulars of that case, but that was the seed of where Joel was going with this revenge drama.”

A picture of the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was killed Thursday on the set of the film 'Rust.'
Cinematographer who was killed Thursday on the set of ‘Rust.’ Halyna Hutchins

Later in the interview, Baldwin was asked whether he held all of the practical skills to execute a leading role in a Western, to which he responded: “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.”

The film was in production on the historic Bonanza Creek Ranch, which has previously housed films such as the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Easy Rider,” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” when Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop gun fired by Baldwin.

In a new affidavit obtained by Insider, the film’s director Joel Souza who was also injured by the prop gun said Alec Baldwin was rehearsing for a scene in “Rust” when he fatally shot Hutchins.

“Joel stated that they had Alec sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw. Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of [Hutchins], when he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop,” the document stated.

The filing said Hutchins was shot in the chest area.

“Joel then vaguely remembers [Hutchins] complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection. Joel also said [Hutchins] began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground,” the affidavit said.