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Liam Neeson making film in NM

Liam Neeson will film his latest project, “The Minuteman,” in New Mexico. ( Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Film productions are encouraged to film in rural areas in New Mexico.

“The Minuteman” has taken notice.

The upcoming film is beginning principal photography in the state, according to the New Mexico Film Office.

It will film in To’Hajiilee, Jemez Pueblo, Belen, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

“This is another example of how productions are going to all parts of the state to find locations that fit their story,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes. “We are pleased that ‘Minuteman’ has discovered the tribal and rural communities that make New Mexico unique.”

Juan Pablo Raba is filming “The Minuteman” in New Mexico. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The film is the story of a rancher on the Arizona border who becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who have pursued him into the United States.

It stars Liam Neeson, Katheryn Winnick, Jacob Perez and Juan Pablo Raba.

The film is directed by Robert Lorenz and produced by Warren Goz, Eric Gold, Tai Duncan and Mark Williams. It is produced by Azil Productions, LLC.

Lorenz is a longtime producing partner of Clint Eastwood and gets behind the camera again. His directorial debut was “Trouble with the Curve.” It is written by Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz.

“The production will employ 90 New Mexico crew members, 15 New Mexico actors, and 150 New Mexico background talent,” the film office said in a release.

Katheryn Winnick will star in “The Minuteman,” which will film in New Mexico. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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