Christa Valdez, of ChristaValdez.com and OneHeadlightInk.com, reports on New Mexico film industry news for ABQ Free Press.
BY CHRISTA VALDEZ
Gone too soon
The cast and crew of made-in-New Mexico films “Terminator Salvation,” “Fright Night” and “Odd Thomas” had the opportunity to work and socialize with actor Anton Yelchin.
Along with the rest of the world, these New Mexicans were saddened to learn of Yelchin’s tragic death on June 19. In 2011, then 10-year-old Albuquerque actor Jack Justice worked with Yelchin on “Odd Thomas,” portraying a childhood version of the “Star Trek” star.
Fall casting is already underway for the third season for AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” The “Breaking Bad” spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean will resume filming in Albuquerque in late August or early September. Apply for you (or your car) to be cast by emailing contact information and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Casting calls are forthcoming for the first full season of supernatural TV series “Midnight, Texas.” The contemporary NBC drama is being adapted from author Charlaine Harris’ work; her books were also the basis for the HBO series “True Blood.” “Midnight, Texas” is slated to film in Albuquerque by the end of summer. To be considered for a background work, register with EG Casting at egcasting.com
Men and boys with beards and scruffy, long hair are needed for the many period westerns ramping up to film in New Mexico. Note to inked actors: several current productions have a new policy that requires actors with visible tattoos to provide a release from the tattoo artist. That’s something to bear in mind when getting your next tat.
Social media reports have hinted that the Transformers franchise might return to New Mexico. Most memorably, 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” broke a Guinness World Record for the biggest explosion captured on film with actors present. It’s true that the production eyeballed the state for some filming of “Transformers: The Last Knight,” but we may have been too packed to accommodate their schedule.
Josh Brolin is filming “Granite Mountain,” a film about the real-life Yarnell Hill fires of 2013, in northern New Mexico. Now his dad, James Brolin, is expected to shoot “Rose” down south. The independent feature stars Cybill Shepherd as widowed ex-cop Rose, who’s on a transformative journey through the Southwest; her character may find love with older cowboy Max (Brolin). The film also stars Pam Grier, Cindy Pickett, A Martinez and local actor Mark Vasconcellos.
Keep an eye on the Casting Calls page of OneHeadlightInk.com for real-time casting notices for this and other productions shooting throughout The Land of Enchantment.
For now, we bid farewell to “Longmire” and “The Night Shift” as the series wrap shooting seasons 5 and 3, respectively. Both shows are likely to return next year to roll film. Indie films “Ideal Home” and “Cowboy Drifter” have also finished filming. The cast and crew from these projects are ready to move on to new projects featured in this column’s roundup of New Mexico productions. Are you ready?
Featured still of Anton Yelchin in “Odd Thomas” / Photo credit: Image Entertainment