LAS CRUCES - The Dolph Lundgren film, "Wanted Man," begins principal photography this month in Las Cruces and surrounding areas.
The New Mexico Film Office released information in a news release Tuesday about production on the new action film. Lundgren, known for his portrayal of Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" and "Creed II," will serve as director, cowriter and star. He has been spotted around town recently at Las Cruces gyms and in the Village of Doña Ana.
The news release explained that "Wanted Man" is the "story of an aging detective, Travis Johansen, whose violent policing methods have given the department a serious public relations problem. To save his job, he is sent to Mexico to extradite a female witness, and once there, he finds not only are his old opinions challenged, but that people on both sides of the border are now gunning for him and his witness."
The film will also star Kelsey Grammer, who notably played Dr. Frasier Crane in the sitcom "Frasier" from 1993 to 2004. Grammer will soon reprise the popular role for a reboot on Paramount+.
Filming near Moongate Café
Filming began Tuesday and will wrap up the first week of June, according to a news release from Film Las Cruces.
From May 3-10, filming will take place near Moongate Café, which is at Shorthorn Drive and Bataan Memorial West on the East Mesa. Intermittent traffic control is tentatively scheduled along Shorthorn Drive from May 8-10.
Film Las Cruces reports the production team will be filming action scenes that include airsoft guns and blank-firing only simulators (BFOS) for the scenes being filmed on Shorthorn Drive.
"BFOS look and feel like real firearms, but they are not real firearms," the news release stated. "They cannot chamber any type of real ammunition, including live rounds, standard blank ammunition or even dummy rounds."
Background actors wanted
Film Las Cruces reports the production team will be casting up to 200 local residents for paid non-speaking background acting roles. The producers are looking for actors of all ethnicities, male and female, 18 to 65 years old, fit to average build. Background actors who speak Spanish are encouraged o apply.
Those interested in casting opportunities should email a selfie and full body photo without filters, hats or sunglasses to email@example.com. Write “Las Cruces Talent” in the subject line of the email, and include name, phone number, age, sizes (weight, height, shoe size, waist size) and schedule availability.
The film will be looking for new people every day, the news release stated.
'No better place to make a movie'
Craig Baumgarten ("Hook," "Universal Soldier," "Shattered Glass," "Castle Falls") will produce "Wanted Man." Baumgarten said in the news release that the production team is "excited" to being filming in and around Las Cruces, "utilizing many locations, crew, and performers to tell this story."
The New Mexico Film Office said about 60 New Mexicans will be employed as crew members while 40 New Mexicans will take on principal acting roles.
New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces and the president of Film Las Cruces, noted in the news release that "there's no better place to make a movie about the border than in our community."
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This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: 'Wanted Man,' starring Dolph Lundgren, to begin filming in Las Cruces