Costner Swings into Tow—A few new pieces of information about the Kevin Costner film shooting this summer in Albuquerque have leaked out. Swing Vote (Costner’s first in N.M. since 1985’s Silverado) is an indie comedy about a contentious, evenly matched presidential election, which ultimately comes down to a single deciding vote. Costner plays the all-important ballot-caster, a single father. The film is being written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, whose only previous directing effort (the 2005 psychological drama Neverwasstarring Aaron Eckhart and Ian McKellen) was released direct to DVD. Filming is expected to begin on July 23 in Belen and Albuquerque.
Kilmer Kicks Keister—It was also recently announced that the feature film Conspiracy is being shot here in New Mexico. The film stars N.M. local Val Kilmer as a Special Ops marine, wounded in Iraq, who travels to Southern Arizona to start a new life on the ranch of his best friend. When he arrives, the friend has disappeared and no one in town will admit to knowing him. When the truth is revealed, our hero, who has put violence in his past, must decide whether or not to bring vengeance on the town. The film is being helmed by Adam Marcus, the writer/director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. Hmmm. Sounds like a project worthy of Chuck Norris. The production will be shot in and around Santa Fe, Galisteo, Madrid and Pecos from May 29 through June 29 and expects to hire approximately 70 local New Mexico crew members.