EXCLUSIVE: David Morse (The chair), Bill Heck (locke and key) And Jaklyn Bejarano were featured in Santa Rita Film Co.It is The Gloria, a drama exploring the humanity and political abstractions surrounding the US-Mexico border. The latter came on board after a nationwide casting search in Mexico.
The film set in South Texas, which is currently filming in the area, follows the story of Carson Tidwell (Morse), an embittered and isolated rancher who mistakenly shoots a young pregnant migrant named Irena (Bejarano) who crosses her property. Confronted by his actions and threatened with a criminal investigation, Carson must decide whether to help Irena recuperate on her ranch or face criminal charges led by his son (Heck), a US Border Patrol agent.
The screenplay by Christopher Young is based on the personal experiences of Joseph Todd Walker, who directs, in his first feature film. The film is produced and financed under the Santa Rita Film Co. banner run by producers Houston Hill and Ty Roberts, whose sports drama 12 mighty orphans starring Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall was released by Sony Pictures Classics last year. Sharri Hefner and George Sledge are also producing, with Greg McCabe, Allen Gilmer and exec Matt Harvey producing for Santa Rita.
“My childhood was spent on my grandparents’ ranch along the US-Mexico border,” Walker told Deadline, of the personal story informing the film. “We’re shooting on location at their ranch in the very location that inspired this story.”
“We are proud to support this film and shed light on a story that is so relevant to today’s headlines and the ongoing challenges faced across the US-Mexico border,” Hill remarked, with his partner of Santa Rita Film Co. Roberts adding that “it was important for us to film on location in Texas to keep the story authentic.
Morse is a two-time Emmy nominee and recently seen starring in Netflix The chair opposite Sandra Oh, and on series such as Showtime’s The good lord birdAppleTV+ The morning show and HBO The devil. The actor has also been seen in series including Escape to Dannemora, Blind spot, To hack, Treme, real detective, Accommodation, John Adams, foreigners And Saint Elsewhere, among others. Notable film credits include Thank you for your service, The green Line, 16 blocks, The Hurt Locker, World War Z And Concussion. Morse will be seen in the Apple miniseries directed by Jennifer Garner The last thing he said to mewho bowed to the dais on April 14, and is also starring alongside John Lithgow in Alejandro Monteverde’s upcoming film, Cabrini.
Most recently, he played the lead role of Kippy in Scott Ellis’ Broadway production of take me outHeck’s film credits include the Amazon crime drama directed by Julia Hart I’m your wife with Rachel Brosnahan, Joel and Ethan Coen The Ballad of Buster Scruggsand the upcoming Searchlight/Hulu horror thriller Dust. The actor also returned to FX’s The old manfrom Amazon I know what you did last summer and those of Netflix locke and key.
Walker’s award-winning short Passengers screened at more than 40 film festivals in the United States and abroad, including Sundance, Telluride and AFI, and broadcast on HBO.
Both Morse and Heck are replaced by attorney Diane Golden of Katz Golden Lerner. Morse is also with UTA and Kipperman Management. Heck’s other representatives are at Gersh and Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates.