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Aug. 12—Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe will be the backdrop to the feature film, "God Is a Bullet."
The New Mexico Film Office announced on Thursday that the film is in production through August at the ranch and surrounding areas. Patriot Pictures is producing the film.
Amber Dodson, New Mexico Film Office director said she's glad to see the production utilizing the iconic ranch.
"God is a Bullet" tells the story of vice-division chief detective Bob Hightower, who finds his ex-wife murdered and daughter kidnapped by a satanic cult. Hightower becomes frustrated by official investigators, who have yet to solve the case.
He quits the police force, gets a bad attitude and tattoos to match, and goes undercover to infiltrate the cult in search of his daughter, with the help of the cult's female victim escapee, Case Hardin.
It is directed by Nick Cassavetes and produced by Michael Mendelsohn and Don Allen.
"I am excited to get 'God Is a Bullet' into production with my friend and producer/financer, Michael Mendelsohn. It's a magnificent, ultra-dark work that is somehow both intensely frightening and literate, inspired by true events, with the most amazing cast of actors," Cassavetes said.
The cast includes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, January Jones, Karl Glusman and Jamie Foxx.
The production marks a return to Coster-Waldau and Mendelsohn, who have filmed "Shot Caller" and "Running with the Devil" in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
"We are bringing the uber talented writer/director Nick Cassavetes with our exceptionally talented cast to Santa Fe to shoot some of the most important plot points of 'God Is A Bullet,' " Mendelsohn said. "We are also looking at studio space property in New Mexico to expand our production facilities and realize the benefits from the film savvy crew and the prudently structured New Mexico film incentives. Extremely happy to be back in New Mexico."
The production will employ approximately 85 New Mexico crew members, 5 New Mexico principal cast members, and 5 New Mexico background and extras, according to the New Mexico Film Office.