Academy Award® Nominee Alec Baldwin Saddles Up to Star in And Produce Joel Souza’s "Rust"

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Highland Film Group announced today that Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® Award winner Alec Baldwin will star in Rust, which he will also produce under his El Dorado Pictures banner alongside Anjul Nigam and executive producer Matthew Helderman.

Joel Souza (Crown Vic) will write and direct the action/western based on a story by him and Baldwin. Rust is a re-teaming for the trio with Baldwin and Nigam having previously produced Souza's Crown Vic. Also joining the team are Anna Granucci as a producer and Elizabeth L. Barbatelli as an executive producer. Highland Film Group will launch international sales at the upcoming Marché du Film Online, with CAA Media Finance handling the domestic rights, and BondIt Media Capital on board for financing.


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Infamous Western outlaw Harland Rust (Baldwin) has had a bounty on his head for as long as he can remember. When his estranged 13 year-old grandson Lucas 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. Marshal Wood Helm and bounty-hunter Fenton "Preacher" Lang 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.

An Academy Award® nominee (The Cooler), Golden Globe® Award winner (3 wins), Emmy Award winner (3 wins), SAG Award honoree (7 wins), and Tony Award nominee, Baldwin's extensive slate of credits includes: Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross and It's Complicated, among others, as well as seven seasons on the acclaimed NBC TV comedy "30 Rock."


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Souza's writing and directing credits include Crown Vic, starring Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank, Break Night, starring Jared Abrahamson and Devon Werkheiser, and Ghost Squad starring Madison Iseman. 

Nigam is a veteran actor known for his recent work on Netflix's original series "Never Have I Ever" and his recurring role since Season One on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."  Besides Crown Vic, his producing credits include Cuba Gooding Jr.'s directorial debut Bayou Caviar starring Gooding and Richard Dreyfuss and Growing Up Smith starring Nigam and Jason Lee.


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Baldwin is represented by CAA and Cavalry Media. Baldwin's El Dorado is repped by Marc H. Simon at Fox Rothschild. Souza is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, The Gersh Agency and Miloknay Weiner. Nigam is repped by Stephen Foreht and DiSante Frank & Co.

Highland Film Group's current sales slate includes: Vaughn Stein's Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg, released in the US May 2020; Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion's Becky starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James and Joel McHale releasing June 2020; Infamous starring Bella Thorne and Jake Manley, releasing June 2020; Andrew Baird's Zone 414 starring Guy Pearce, Matilda Lutz and Travis Fimmel; John D. Eraklis' Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk starring Nick Cannon, Whoopi Goldberg and Howie Mandel; Mark Earl Burman's Ambush starring Aaron Eckhart; Ray Giarratana's The Tiger Rising starring Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid; Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos and JuJu Chan; Persephone starring Brianna Hildebrand and Mary-Louise Parker; Trauma Center starring Bruce Willis; Michael Polish's Axis Sally starring Al Pacino; and Skylin3s, the third chapter of the successful franchise, starring Lindsey Morgan.


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About Highland Film Group

Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/horror/thriller space, focusing on cast, director, film maker driven content.

Recent previous titles include: Joe Carnahan's Boss Level starring Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo; Marc Meyer's thriller We Summon the Darkness starring Johnny Knoxville and Alexandra Daddario; Michael Cristofer's The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; Shawn Ku's A Score to Settle starring Nicolas Cage; Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Vaughn Stein's Terminal starring Margot Robbie; Lin Oeding's thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Scott Mann's Final Score starring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan.

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