ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Production will begin in March on the hourlong drama series “Longmire,” from Warner Horizon Television, that will show 10 episodes on the A&E network this summer, New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said in a news release.
The production, which will be filmed in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and surrounding areas, is expected to employ at least 130 New Mexico crew members and more than 160 principal and background talent, according to the release.
“Longmire” is based on the popular Walt Longmire mystery novels by bestselling author Craig Johnson, which take place in Absaroka County, Wyoming, and centers on the sheriff who is rebuilding his life and career after the death of his wife, the release said.
The series will star Robert Taylor (“The Matrix”) in the title role; Katee Sachoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Lou Diamond Phillips (“Stand and Deliver,” “Courage Under Fire,” “Young Guns” and “La Bamba”), Bailey Chase (“Saving Grace,” “Damages”), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) and newcomer Adam Bartley, according to the release.
5/10/11 — Pilot for Cable Drama Filming in New Mexico
By Adrian Gomez/Journal Staff Writer
Another cable drama is coming to New Mexico.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of “Breaking Bad” and “In Plain Sight,” Warner Horizon Television is shooting a pilot for the hourlong show “Longmire.”
Filming has begun and will take place Los Alamos, Taos, Madrid, Las Vegas and Santa Fe. Shooting will finish on Thursday.
“The production will employ at least 80 New Mexico crew members and more than 75 principal and background talent,” said Angela Heisel, spokeswoman for the State Economic Development Department.
The show stars Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley. It is based on the “Walt Longmire Mystery” series of novels by Craig Johnson.
“Longmire” is named after its central character, Walt Longmire (played by Taylor) the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Widowed only a year, he is in psychological despair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.
Taylor is best known for playing Agent Jones in “The Matrix” trilogy.
Sackhoff was last seen in TV’s “Battlestar Galactica. Phillips is no stranger to New Mexico. The actor filmed “Young Guns” and “Young Guns 2” in the Land of Enchantment in the late ’80s and most recently had a recurring role on “Numbers” and “Chuck.”
Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny wrote the script and are executive producers, along with Greer Shephard and Mike Robin for Warner Horizon. All four worked on TNT’s drama hit “The Closer.”