The New Mexico film industry is getting back up.
Netflix is resuming principal photography on its latest film, “The Harder They Fall,” with a number of health safety protocols in place.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, production will be based in Santa Fe and the surrounding area through December.
” ‘The Harder They Fall’ is one of the first productions to resume in New Mexico since March,” said Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary. “We are excited about the all-star line up of directors, producers, cast, and crew and are thankful to our New Mexico film partner, Netflix, for bringing this exciting production to Santa Fe, which will feature some of our most picturesque landscapes, and will put hundreds of New Mexicans in the motion picture industry back to work and generate revenue for hundreds of local businesses that the industry is dependent upon.”
“The Harder They Fall” is directed by Jeymes Samuel. The production is produced by Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender and Samuel.
In this Western, outlaw Nat Love, played by Jonathan Majors discovers that his enemy, Rufus Buck, played by Idris Elba, is being released from prison, so he reunites his gang to track Buck down and seek revenge.
Majors and Elba lead the cast, which includes Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, RJ Cyler and Regina King.
“We are immensely proud to have a Black-led production of this magnitude, on the ground in New Mexico,” said Amber Dodson, NM Film Office director. ” ‘The Harder They Fall’ is a production with a predominately Black cast and lead production team, which signals a move to embrace the call for diversity in America – something we value highly in New Mexico. This production is kicking-off a very busy year ahead as we resume production, and is setting the tone for more inclusive storytelling, filmmaking, and content creation.”
According to the film office, the production will employ approximately 500 New Mexico crew members and 312 New Mexico vendors, including background actors, stunt performers, and principal talent.