SANTA FE, N.M. — Two film legends will begin a production in New Mexico.
Christopher Plummer and Faye Dunaway will begin filming “Cliffs of Freedom.”
The New Mexico Film Office announced that the project will be shooting this month through December in Santa Fe and surrounding areas.
“Cliffs of Freedom” follows the ill-fated romance between a Greek village girl and a conflicted Turkish officer during the dawn of the Greek War for Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.
Young Anna Christina is smitten by Colonel Tariq, a rising star in the Turkish army with growing doubts about his countrymen’s brutal methods, who had once spared her life on a cliff-top when she was a child, but their budding romance brings tragedy to her family and her village.
Swearing revenge against the Turks, Christina joins the Greek rebellion and faces off against the man who still loves her and wants to keep her safe. Their encounters and skirmishes inevitably lead to a tragic confrontation on the cliffs high above a pivotal battle between the Greeks and Turks.
The film will star Christopher Plummer, Faye Dunaway, Tania Raymonde, Jan Uddin and Raza Jeffrey.
According to the film office, the production will employ more than 200 New Mexico crew members and about 800 New Mexico background talent.
“We’re very pleased to host ‘Cliffs of Freedom’ in Santa Fe, not only for the historic nature of the story but also because it proves the tremendous variety of creative resources for staging a production here,” said Mayor Javier Gonzales. “If we can double for early 19th century Greece, we can do just about anything.”
The film is being produced by Freedom Film Partners, LLC and Phaedra Films, LLC.
The independent historical drama is the first feature to be written and directed by longtime VFX veteran Van Ling, from a story by Marianne Metropoulos, and is produced by award winning VFX and feature producer Casey Cannon and Metropoulos, executive produced by Stephen Marinaccio.