Alec Baldwin’s Rust will resume filming after fatal shooting on set

The status of Alec Baldwin’s Rust movie has been up in the air since a deadly shooting erupted on set in October 2021. As CNN summarized, the tragedy occurred when Baldwin, who plays the film’s main character, was practicing a “cross-draw” with a prop gun. Despite being previously informed that the gun was “cold” or unloaded, the fired gun and hit both cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza Hutchins died from her injuries after being flown to a hospital while Souza has since recovered.

Filming was immediately halted while a variety of legal issues and disputes began to concern the main players in the incident. According to the New York Times, the Santa Fe County Attorney’s Office recently filed a request for funding, noting that they could have several high-profile cases on their hands if indictments are filed against Baldwin and other members of the set.

Baldwin sat down with ABC News to plead his innocence. “Someone is responsible for what happened … but I know I’m not,” he said. “I don’t know how that bullet got into that gun… I didn’t pull the trigger.” Now we gain more insight into what’s next for the film.

Rust will resume filming in January 2023

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by Halyna Hutchin’s husband and 9-year-old son… and the outcome seems surprisingly positive for those involved. In a statement (via Associated Press), Hutchins’ widower said: “Our case is dismissed.

Alec Baldwin also shared the news, posting a screenshot of an article announcing the settlement on his Instagram. “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained an expressed desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son,” the actor wrote in his caption. “We are grateful to everyone who helped resolve this tragic and painful situation.”

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His post drew mixed reactions, with one disbelieving user writing, “You can’t really go on with this movie, can you?” Still, the wishes appear to align with those of the Hutchins family, who hope the completed film will continue the legacy of the talented cinematographers can. Although Variety reports that some of the original crew “[wants] nothing to do with it,” another expressed hope that it would “bring a sense of completion.”