Alec Baldwin will remain in the lead role of ‘Rust’ despite being accused

Alec Baldwin will remain the star of “Rust” as production resumes, the film’s lawyer has confirmed.

The 64-year-old actor will be charged with manslaughter in the death of Halina Hutchins in 2021, despite previously insisting he did not pull the trigger.

Hutchins’ widower Matt, who shared 10-year-old son Andros with the late filmmaker, will remain as an executive producer on the film — a role he took on as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit that was settled for an undisclosed amount in October. .

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“Rust” will also see its director Joel Souza return despite being injured on set.

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“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, in October. 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s gun discharged a live round and struck her in the chest. was 42

.Halyna Hutchins
Halina Hutchins was killed when she fired a gun Baldwin was holding in October. 21, 2021.

The actor’s lawyer has since called the charge against the “30 Rock” actor “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

On Jan. 19, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said she plans to charge both Baldwin and the film’s costar, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, with two counts of first degree murder.

Gutierrez-Reed – who supervised the guns on the shoot – has repeatedly denied responsibility for the shooting. She was once described as “a bit careless with guns”.

Baldwin is questioned by the police after Hutchins' death on set "Rust."
Baldwin is being questioned by police after Hutchins’ death on the set of Rust.
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Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will both be charged “in the alternative,” meaning the jury will decide which of the two charges — involuntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter while committing a lawful act — they are or are not guilty of.

The first count carries a maximum sentence of 18 months, but because the second count involves the enhancement of a firearm, both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed face a mandatory sentence of five years if convicted.

This aerial photo shows the film set  "Rust" at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
This aerial photo shows the set of the movie “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in October. 23, 2021.

In January 2022, Gutierrez-Reed filed a lawsuit against the stage company that supplied the rounds, alleging that it sold blanks and lives mixed up.

In November, Baldwin filed lawsuits against several members of the film’s crew. Attorneys for both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed have protested their clients’ innocence and vowed to fight manslaughter charges.

With pole cables