EXCLUSIVE: Jensen Ackles is set to join the ensemble cast of Rust, the feature Western that stars Alec Baldwin and is written and directed by Joel Souza. Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, and Frances Fisher are also on board. The film is based on a story by Souza and Baldwin.
CAA Media Finance handling domestic sales for the pic, with Highland Film Group repping international. Baldwin will produce under his El Dorado Pictures banner along with Matt DelPiano through his Cavalry Media, Ryan Donnell Smith through Thomasville Pictures, Anjul Nigam of Brittany House Pictures and Ryan Winterstern and Nathan Klingher of Short Porch Pictures. Allen Cheney, Emily Hunter Salveson, Christopher M.B. Sharp, and Jennifer E. Lamb will serve as executive producers. BondIt Media Capital and Hunter Salveson and Donnell Smith’s Streamline Global are on board for financing.
The story follows an infamous Western outlaw Harland Rust (Baldwin) has had a bounty on his head for as long as he can remember. When his estranged 13-year-old grandson Lucas (Noon) is convicted of an accidental murder and sentenced to hang, Rust travels to Kansas to break him out of prison. Together, the two fugitives must outrun the legendary U.S. Marshal Wood Helm (Ackles) and bounty-hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang (Fimmel) who are hot on their tail. Deeply buried secrets rise from the ashes and an unexpected familial bond begins to form as the mismatched duo tries to survive the merciless American Frontier.
Ackles, who is coming off the incredible run by the hit CW show Supernatural, recently landed the huge role of Soldier Boy in the highly-anticipated third season of the Emmy nominated The Boys. He is repped by Gersh, Management 360, and attorney P.J. Shapiro.
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