New Mexico’s beauty and its film crew are what helped draw the independent film, “Highway” to the state.
“We are delighted to announce that production is starting in New Mexico on Alexandra McGuinness’s feature film ‘Highway,’ ” said producer Anna O’Malley. “We look forward to shooting in the breathtaking landscape of New Mexico and working with the talented local cast and crew.”
According to the New Mexico Film Office, “Highway” will begin production mid-July through early August.
It will film in Albuquerque and Moriarty.
“Highway” tells the story Jane, a local rodeo queen who goes missing; Heidi throws everything into her search to find her best friend, in a remote desert town with a history of missing women.
It stars Eiza González, Lucy Fry, Christian Camargo, Josh Hartnett, Blake Berris and Shelia Vand.
“We are happy to welcome ‘Highway’ to New Mexico this summer and we look forward to a busy fall,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “We know the production will have a great experience working in New Mexico’s film industry.”
The production will employ 30 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 150 New Mexico background talent.
The feature is directed by McGuinness, along with producers Anna O’Malley, Dominic Wright and Eamonn Cleary.
“Highway” is also executive produced by the Irish Film Board along with executive producers Jacqueline Kerrin (Ripple World Pictures), Adam Stanhope, and Graham Appleby (GCI Film).
“This is great news, and we welcome the film industry to the city of Moriarty, and are looking forward to working with them,” said Moriarty Mayor Ted Hart. “With the amount of employment and tax dollars created, this will be greatly appreciated.”
González returns to New Mexico for this project. The actress filmed “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” in New Mexico previously, where she has the role of Santanico Pandemonium. She can also be seen in “Baby Driver” in theaters.