Alec Baldwin Back In The News

Alec Baldwin

( – Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin, despised by almost all conservatives, whose allegedly accidental revolver shot killed a cinematographer on set in 2021, has now been cast to star in a movie about the Kent State shootings.

In October 2021, while filming “Rust,” a western, Baldwin discharged a gun, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

While the actor was initially charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, in April 2023, newly appointed prosecutors dropped them pending further investigation of the incident.

The Kent State shootings were the first time American students were killed in an anti-war protest.

They occurred on May 4, 1970, on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio, during a demonstration against the Vietnam War, and especially its expansion into Cambodia.

The rally saw the deaths of four students, while nine others were wounded after 28 troopers from the Ohio National Guard fired a total of 67 rounds against the crowd.

Baldwin will take up the Kent State shootings project after recently completing the filming of “Rust.”

Karen Blade will direct his new film, Newsmax reports, citing reports.

The 65-year-old actor will play Kent State President Robert I. White, according to the sources of The Hollywood Reporters.

A report by Deadline reveals the movie will show the events on the day of the Kent State shootings while posing the question as to why such events keep happening.

“The Kent State shooting was a dark and pivotal moment in our nation’s history. This is a story that needs to be told and surprisingly never has,” producer Tom Ortenberg told the news outlet last year.

“We are looking forward to bringing it to the big screen to educate and inspire both the young and old alike,” he added.

Besides Alec Baldwin, the “Kent State” cast will also feature Dermot Mulroney, Clancy Brown, Christopher Backus, and Jacqueline Emerson.

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Baldwin posted on Instagram a clean-shaven selfie to mark the completion of “Rust.”

“God, it felt good to shave off that beard…” he wrote alongside the photo.

In the ill-fated Western, Baldwin portrays an outlaw who comes out of hiding to prevent the execution of his 13-year-old grandson for murder.

The incident that caused the death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins occurred days after the filming had started on October 6, 2021.

The filming was paused and was resumed only in 2023. The movie’s production was also moved from New Mexico to the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana.