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N.M. Film Focus: All Sorts of ‘Coming Soon’ For New Mexico

N.M. Film Focus: All Sorts of ‘Coming Soon’ For New Mexico

New Mexico backdrops will be hitting the big and small screens very soon

By Christa Valdez

The supernatural series pilot “Midnight, Texas,” which shot in Albuquerque in early 2016, is scheduled to film its first full season for NBC. The series centers on traveling psychic Manfred Bernardo, who has grown tired of life on the road and decides to settle in the small Texas town of Midnight – as portrayed by Albuquerque, New Mexico – over the next several months.

Also in Albuquerque, the sequel to the 2015 Oscar-nominated crime drama “Sicario” is scheduled to start filming early this month. Titled “Soldado,” the film’s director said the movie will stand on its own, “focused on a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in “Sicario.” The movie follows the lead characters as they investigate the tunnels used to smuggle people and drugs across U.S.-Mexico border.

Albuquerque and other areas of New Mexico are expected to see casting opportunities and the subsequent filming of the new Epix series “Get Shorty.” The episodic is an adaptation of the 1995 movie of the same name. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) will play the muscle to Ray Romano’s (Everybody Loves Raymond) straight man, as portrayed on the big screen by John Travolta and Gene Hackman. “Get Shorty” will be the second Epix series production for New Mexico. The network’s political satire “Graves” is currently airing on cable and streaming online.

In what can only be described as a haunting new film trailer, some sweeping scenes of New Mexico take center screen as the backdrop for Marvel’s final installment of the Wolverine franchise. The movie, code-named “Juarez” during its time filming in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Chama and Santa Fe over the summer, is due in theaters this spring. Catch the preview and boast to your friends that NM plays a big background role in “Logan,” premiering nationwide on March 3, 2017.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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