Christian Bale filming Hostiles in New Mexico
Christian Bale is filming new Western movie Hostiles in New Mexico with co-star Rosamund Pike and director Scott Cooper.
Hostiles is set in 1892 and tells the story of a legendary US Army captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief from the deserts of New Mexico to tribal lands further north in Montana.
Location filming will run through to September in and around Santa Fe and nearby Las Vegas. The shoot is a return visit to New Mexico for Christian Bale, who filmed a remake of Western drama 3:10 to Yuma (pictured) in the same region in 2007.
“We are proud to be featured as a backdrop for Hostiles,” said Harry Burgess, manager of Los Alamos County, one of the scheduled filming locations north-west of Santa Fe. “New Mexico's incentive programme is definitely bringing the film industry to our State. It's great to be a part of it.”
New Mexico offers a 25% filming tax credit for feature productions, rising to 30% for TV shoots. The state is the most popular part of the US for desert filming locations and has recently hosted a series of Westerns including a remake of The Magnificent Seven, Jane Got a Gun and comedy features A Million Ways to Die in the West and The Ridiculous 6.
Western TV pilot Edge filmed last year and Steven Soderbergh is an executive producer on the upcoming 1880s-set Netflix miniseries Godless, scheduled for a Santa Fe shoot.
New Mexico is an obvious choice for modern Western productions. However, producers are increasingly considering their options in places like Canada, New Zealand and South Africa as they look for flexible locations and filming incentive support - to find out more click here.
For more on filming in New Mexico see our production guide.