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Rust cast and crew in solidarity with IATSE during negotiations. Photo by Frances Fisher

Announcement & Synopsis

On 12 October, 2021 it was announced that Jensen had been cast as a US Marshall in Rust, a Western directed by Joel Souza. It also stars Alec Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Frances Fisher. Initial announcement about the project was on 29 May, 2020, however filming was delayed due to the pandemic.

Infamous Western outlaw Harland Rust (Alec Baldwin) has had a bounty on his head for as long as he can remember. When his estranged 13-year-old grandson Lucas (Noon) is convicted of an accidental murder and sentenced to hang, Rust travels to Kansas to break him out of prison. Together, the two fugitives must outrun the legendary U.S. Marshall Wood Helm (Ackles) and bounty-hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang (Travis Fimmel) who are hot on their tail. Deeply buried secrets rise from the ashes and an unexpected familial bond begins to form as the mismatched duo tries to survive the merciless American Frontier.

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Death during filming & shutdown of production

On 22 October it was reported that there had been an on-set shooting accident, where Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photographer Halyna Hutchins, and injured writer/director Joel Souza. Jensen was on set at the time.[1]

Later developments

Production Resumes Without Jensen

  • In February 2023, it was announced that production on Rust would resume in spring of 2023. The use of working weapons and ammunition has been banned on set.
  • Production resumed in late April 2023 and was expected to conclude in late May 2023. Alec Baldwin stated that finishing the film was part of the settlement with the family of Halyna and that funds raised from it would go into a trust fund for her son. It was announced in May that Jensen was unable to return to finish the movie due to scheduling commitments and his role was taken over by Josh Hopkins.