Billy the Kid is a personality that New Mexicans know well — and another project will feature the legend.
This time around, Dane DeHaan will portray the iconic outlaw in the new film, “The Kid,” which is scheduled to film in Santa Fe.
The New Mexico Film Office announced that the film, which is produced by Suretone will begin principal photography now through the end of October in Santa Fe.
“New Mexico’s one-of-a-kind landscapes and superior film infrastructure make New Mexico an unrivaled location to film,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “We’re proud to welcome another production that brings our state’s unique history to life.”
“The Kid” is the story of a young boy, Rio, played by Jake Shur, who tragically loses his parents in a horrific episode.
He then must choose between Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett in an effort to realize which of them will be noble enough to help rescue his sister Sara, played by Leila George, who has been kidnapped by their evil uncle Grant.
Sheriff Pat Garrett will be played by Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio is directing and stars as Sheriff Romero.
According to the film office, the production will employ approximately 80 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico principal actors and 500 New Mexico background talent.
It is produced by Jordan Schur, Nick Thurlow and Sam Maydew.
“It’s great to be filming ‘The Kid’ in New Mexico. Here in the Land of Enchantment, with the echo of Billy the Kid’s past exchanges with Pat Garrett what better place to be filming our story,” said Thurlow. “With Vince D’Onofrio directing, Ethan Hawke as Pat Garrett, Dane DeHaan as ‘Billy The Kid’ and introducing Jake Schur, we are beyond excited to bring this story to life.”
Local New Mexico supporting cast include Clint Obenchain, Chris Bylsma, Tait Fletcher and Keith Jardine.