In a tragic accident, actor Alec Baldwin with a propaganda firearm on the set of his upcoming film Rust accidentally killed the film's cinematographer and left director Joel Souza injured in New Mexico, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The film's director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, was reportedly airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital Thursday after the accident.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the sheriff’s department confirmed that the 42-year-old cinematographer passed away after arriving at the hospital. Additionally, Director Joel Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center on Thursday after sustaining injuries from the Venice accident. Juan Ríos, a spokesman for the mayor's office, told THR that he is in critical condition.
An investigation was underway, but no charges had been filed, the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department revealed. A production spokesperson reportedly reported that production has been halted, emphasizing that the safety of the cast and crew continues. being a priority. The investigation is currently investigating how and what type of propagandist firearm was discharged during the tragic incident.
Details of the scene during which the gun was fired have not yet been reported.
The film, shot by Baldwin in New Mexico, also starred Frances Fisher, Jensen Ackles, and Travis Fimmel in the lead roles. It is based on the infamous Western outlaw Harland Rust. Baldwin is not only starring in but also producing the upcoming film.