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Alec Baldwin Is Returning To The Set Of "Rust" TO FINISH THE MOVIE A Year And A Half After He Allegedly Shot And Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Source - Alec Baldwin and the cast and crew for the "Rust" movie will all be back on set tomorrow, more than a year after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed during production.

A spokesperson for the film tells CNN everything will be back underway Thursday at the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana -- a place meant to honor Halyna's legacy.

"Rust" originally began filming on set in New Mexico back in 2021 before Halyna was fatally shot on set with a prop gun Baldwin was holding. Director Joel Souza was also shot and injured... bringing production to a screeching halt.

It wasn't until earlier this year the production company behind the movie locked in a new church as the backdrop for the film ... which BTW, looks really similar to the original one.

Wait...they're resuming the movie?!? Why?!?!?!? I feel like once a member of the crew is tragically murdered in a freak accident on set resulting in a nationwide news story you kinda have to hang it up. And as sick as it sounds, I know why they're not. Money. Again, it's disgusting, but it's true. The people behind Rust are using the publicity, despite how horrific it may be to make a buck. I could be wrong, but if my very elementary understanding of how Hollywood works is correct, I'm not. 

Regardless, there were a ton of lawsuits surrounding the tragedy and here's how they ended up...

As we told you, Matthew Hutchins, Halyna's widower, reached an undisclosed settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the actor and production companies back in October ... greenlighting filming for the movie to resume with the original principal players and Matthew as the Executive Producer.

Of course, Alec is still dealing with a ton of suits including one by his crew members. You'll recall, AB and “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed were charged with involuntary manslaughter and he pled not guilty in February ... days after the Santa Fe County D.A. dropped the gun enhancement charge against him.

So yeah, a bit strange to continue shooting a movie when the lead actor has an involuntary manslaughter charge being brought against him, but that's Hollywood baby! Time is money! Thoughts and prayers to the Hutchins family.