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Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Mule’ to film partly in Las Cruces

From clockwise, Clint Eastwood, Michael Pena, Bradley Cooper and Dianne Weist are filming “The Mule,” which will begin production in Las Cruces.

New Mexico will soon have some Hollywood heavy hitters – and it’s all happening in Las Cruces.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, Oscar winner Clint Eastwood’s latest project, “The Mule,” will film in the City of the Crosses in late July. The production is completing its work in Augusta, Ga., before heading to New Mexico.

Starring alongside Eastwood are Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishburne, Jill Flint, Dianne Wiest, Ignacio Serricchio and Alison Eastwood.

Laurence Fishburne will film “The Mule” in Las Cruces. (Richard Shotwell/AP)

“We’re thrilled to welcome another production to New Mexico,” said Nick Maniatis, state Film Office director. “We’re proud to see the film industry continuing to grow in and around Las Cruces and throughout southern New Mexico.”

The film is directed by Eastwood, and the screenplay was written by Nick Schenk. The pair worked together on 2008’s “Gran Torino.”

It is from Warner Bros. Pictures and Imperative Pictures.

According to the studio, the film focuses on Earl Stone, played by Eastwood, who is a man in his 80s and broke and alone. He is facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that requires him to drive. He soon discovers that he signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel, and Cooper plays a DEA agent hot on his tail.

“Las Cruces is excited to welcome Clint Eastwood and his new movie, ‘The Mule,’ to our community,” Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima said

According to the state Film Office, the production will employ about 85 New Mexico crew members and about 200 New Mexico background talent workers.

Taissa Farmiga will star in “The Mule.”

Ignacio Serricchio will film in Las Cruces. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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