The film’s lawyer has confirmed that Alec Baldwin will maintain his lead role as it continues filming Rust.
Following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the movie’s set in October 2021, the actor, 64, is now being charged with involuntary manslaughter.
In addition, her husband Matt will continue to serve as executive producer. Director Joel Souza, who was hurt during in the incident, will also be back.
On the set outside of Sante Fe, New Mexico, Hutchins died when a handgun Baldwin was practising with discharged a live bullet.
Baldwin has denied responsibility for the shooting – saying live ammunition should never have been allowed on set and weapons handlers were responsible for firearm safety.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the movie’s armourer, also was charged of unintentional manslaughter.
Legal experts have suggested that prosecutors may have a difficult time convicting Baldwin of criminal charges without evidence that he was aware that there was live ammunition.
An investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has yet to reveal how live ammunition got onto the film set in the first place.
Rust Movie Productions’ attorney, Melina Spadone, told Sky News that the film is still on track to be finished.
She also stated that the project will have safety supervisors and will prevent the use of working weapons, as well as live ammunition, which is and has always been prohibited on set.