A feature film, an “Untitled Tina Fey - Margot Robbie - Martin Freeman Project,” produced by Paramount Pictures, is filming in Santa Fe and Albuquerque until the beginning of April. In early February, the production shot a scene with Fey and Margot Robbie (“Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus,” “Suicide Squad”) in SFUAD’s Fogelson Library. Nearly 80 SFUAD students will be working as background actors on the production as they shoot around Santa Fe.
This news comes on the heels of MovieMaker magazine announcing that Santa Fe ranks No. 3 on its top five towns list for the best places to live and work as a filmmaker. TV shows “Longmire” and “Manhattan” also film on the SFUAD campus, with students interning with and serving as background on the productions. Both television productions will return to campus to start filming in early 2015.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the most recent Paramount Pictures’ production is based on the autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which the New York Times called “hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time.” The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock”), Alfred Molina (“The Normal Heart,” “Law & Order: L.A.”), Nicholas Braun (“Get a Job,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Christopher Abbott (“A Most Violent Year,” “Girls”), Sheila Vand (“State of Affairs,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “Argo”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules,” “Home and Away”), Evan Jonigkeit (“Bone Tomahawk,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) Billy Bob Thornton (“The Judge,” “Fargo”) and Josh Charles (“Adult Beginners,” “The Good Wife”).