New Mexico Film, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on the New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on Friday, December 27, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Yesterday – These pics of the now wrapped NMFilm “Lone Survivor” have bucked Johnny Depp and “The Lone Ranger” from the single most viewed post in this site’s history. The film’s star Mark Wahlberg is all aces with us for back-to-back NMFilm duty with only kind word and deed to all locals he encountered, including AZUMA sushi owners who say Wahlberg told them his favorite Sunday activities in NM are church and Azuma dining!
Check out all our “Lone Survivor” coverage here. Stars Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Hunger Games guy Taylor Kitsch and NM’s Own Jerry Angelo are super HOT on the web right now!
Today – Cameras are rolling in the Q on a high stakes NBC television script. The dramatic series pilot, “After Hours” is currently filming and employing even more of New Mexico’s finest! We need this series pick-up as our beloved “Breaking Bad” preps to wrap the final eight episodes of the epic Albuquerque based AMC series.
Mañana’ish – The indie film “Frontera”, is getting set to wrap. The film, starring the lovely Eva Longoria and NMFilm vet Ed Harris has generated a nice bit of buzz with the locals who have caught a glimpse of cast and crew in some rural New Mexico locations.
Along with the aforementioned series finale of “Breaking Bad”, the sure to be glorious season two of the A&E hit series, “Longmire” is getting set to roll this spring…
When the backdrop is our glorious New Mexico vistas, the story is the compelling account of real-life heroes in battle, direction by Peter Berg, cast of Hollywood A-listers and actual Military Veterans, movie magic happens…New Mexico style!
Here for your viewing pleasure is a slue of set pics that have come in, from a very special stint that NMFilm “Lone Survivor” cast & crew spent on location at a New Mexico Air Force Base, on and around Veterans Day!
Cast members including Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig and Sammy Sheik have been in New Mexico since late September filming Peter Berg’s adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell.
Luttrell (pictured below with NM native, actor Jerry Angelo) literally wrote the book, Lone Survivor based on the 2005 Military Operation known as Operation Red Wings in which, “a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Lt. Michael Murphy, and petty officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson and Marcus Luttrell departed for a reconnaissance mission high in the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The team’s target was Ahmad Shah, a local terrorist leader with close ties to Bin Laden who led a group of insurgents referred to as the “Mountain Tigers”. Five days after insertion, Luttrell was the only SEAL to make it out alive.”
In June Luttrell is quoted as saying, “I want to make sure that the movie is true to the book. Most people get their information from movies and TV and don’t read so I want to make sure this movie is as realistic as possible.” – Luttrell to Blackfive.net
“Lone Survivor” is scheduled for release in early 2013…
Wahlberg in Albuquerque, NM last month for Lone Survivor
Study or no study, New Mexico banks on long running series like Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, Crash and Longmire as the life’s blood of its film production jobs and statewide peripheral spending. Mega hits like The Avengers and the hotly anticipated, Lone Ranger film spike excitement and international recognition of the state.
Repeat appearances too, of stars like Ed Harris who’s heading back for a third run in NMFilm, boost awareness of the local industry. Following his turn as John McCain in the Emmy winning HBO movie “Game Change”, and work on the recently wrapped period western “Sweetwater” with January Jones, Harris is now making news with his latest NM project, “Frontera” – costarring the lovely Eva Longoria.
Superstar Mark Wahlberg is watched the world over, and as we told you here, is now a two-term NMFilm star. At OHI we hear nothing but praise from cast & crew who have worked with the actor/producer (The Fighter, The Perfect Storm/Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) and proud family man, who is genuinely interested and concerned about those around him. The star has been quick to praise the state’s film crews and locales – he’s one of the good guys who are lending the state some positive notoriety with his return to local sets for his back-to-back turn in the NM productions, “2Guns” and “Lone Survivor”.
NMFILM PRODUCTIONS – KEEP ‘EM COMING & GET INTO IT!
When this New Mexico Filmophile happened upon a day of Lone Survivor filming in Albuquerque last week, I had the chance to re-introduce myself (stammer and gush) to the one and only Mark Wahlberg!
Wahlberg praised New Mexico, saying he likes filming here, reminding me that he just finished-up a great shoot on another NMFilm, “2 Guns”. He admiringly made mention of the hardworking crew and staff who have been handling the remote mountain shoots on this current project.
Besides lauding the local filming conditions and talent, the family man was also quick to state how convenient it is to get back home to California on breaks from shooting.
So now, my original 20 year-old Mark Wahlberg story comes full circle. It was great to see him at work and he’s just as kind and considerate (and gorgeous) as he was when I first met him as a teen.
In fact, after the take I was able to see, he popped out of the scene and said to me, “Sorry about the language”, with a wink and a smile, regarding his character’s colorful vocabulary (he’s got nothing on Ted).
And just like all the reports and fan photos from 2 Guns would suggest, the star’s graciousness extends to every shoot. When I first got to the set Wahlberg was snapping some pics and chatting with staffers and such. YES ladies and gentlemen, I too got away with a pic and a hug!
Things I forgot to ask:
Whether or not he has or will meet-up with Jennifer Aniston, his Rock Star co-star who’s also currently filming here.
Did he hear anything about filming in NM from his “Fighter” co-stars Christain Bale (3:10 to Yuma, Terminator Salvation) or Amy Adams (Sunshine Cleaning)? What about “The Book of Eli” duo, Denzel Washington (2 Guns co-star) or Mila Kunis (Ted co-star)?
What he thought of big brother Donnie’s stint on the NM series “In Plain Sight”.
UPDATE: Wahlberg’s next NMFilm, “LONE SURVIVOR” will hold an OPEN CALL for EXTRAS on Saturday September 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Fe.
A wide range of extras of all types are wanted, with special interest/need for those with Military experience.
Double click thumbs below to enlarge pics from the central New Mexico set of 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
The production has been filming in various locations around the state, including the now defunct border crossing replica, constructed in downtown Albuquerque which made the news daily in drive-time traffic reports.
The stars and the hard working New Mexico cast & crew are wrapping-up remote location shoots for the graphic novel turned action suspense movie. 2 Guns is set for a summer 2013 release.
Additional cast includes, James Marsden, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos.
Next for Whalberg is another New Mexico film! The real-life military story of “Operation Red Wing”. Lone Survivor begins filming NEXT MONTH.
With the leading man cast in place, including Mark Wahlberg, Marcus Luttrell, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch for Peter Berg’s film adaptation of the harrowing 2005 mission forged by Navy SEAL Team 10, known as “Operation Red Wings”, New Mexico film is at the ready.
The production is set to begin on Sept. 25. Along with the earlier call for Arabic speaking men, women and children, EG Casting is currently seeking middle Eastern and Hispanic males with full beards, as well as men of all races with arms training. To be considered register or update your photo and resume at www.egcasting.com.
Learn more about the history and the heroes behind the film here.
RELATED UPDATE 7/24/12 – MAJOR MOTION PICTURE CASTING IN NEW MEXICO:
505 Studio Works is casting for a Major Motion Picture shooting in the Albuquerque area starting in September.
We are looking for the following SPEAKING roles:
Middle eastern men between the ages of 30-60 years old who speak a middle eastern language
Middle eastern boys (or look middle eastern) between the ages of 10-12 years, middle eastern accent
Middle eastern women between the ages of 20-40 years old who speak a middle eastern language
Middle eastern grandmother type in her 90′s who can speak a middle eastern language
It is helpful if you know some Pashto or feel you can learn some Pashto.
Please email your picture and all contact information where you may be reached as soon as possible to: email@example.com
No Phone calls please!
We look forward to seeing you on the emails.
From Jo Edna Boldin:
We are looking for Arabic speaking middle eastern men and women of all ages.
New Mexico residents only at this time.
Battleship director Peter Berg appears to be headed New Mexico way for Universal Pictures, Lone Survivor.
The film, adapted from Marcus Luttrell’s best selling book, is based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wing”, in which four members of SEAL Team 10, were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader, Admad Shad.
Reportedly saddled-up for a lead in this wartime drama, helmed by Berg is the star of the upcoming NM Production, 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg, set to play Marcus Luttrell, the only member of his team to survive.
Taylor Kitsch of Friday Night Lights fame is slated to play Mike Murphy in the film.