The movie will be the first to commence filming in the state in the wake of the "Rust" tragedy, which cost a cinematographer her life last month (October 2021) when a live round found its way into a prop gun, fired by actor Alec Baldwin, and bosses have banned real guns and live ammunition from the production.
Instead, actors will be handling rubber guns with extra visual and sound effects being added later using computers.
"We will be using rubber guns and adding flash and sound by computer during post production," a film spokesman tells Deadline. "The recent events caused us to go in the direction of rubber guns."
"The Locksmith" will mark the directorial debut of veteran first assistant director Nicolas Harvard.
The use of weapons on the set has been under scrutiny after director of photography Halyna Hutchins' death from a stopper gun provided by Alec during the production of "Rust" in October. The producers of the ABC police drama "The Rookie", have also said they will ban live weapons on the set after the incident.
Dave Cortese, a Democrat elected to the California Senate, has vowed to introduce legislation that will ban sharp ammunition on sets in California. Meanwhile, a petition to ban real weapons on film sets has attracted more than 100,000 signatories following the tragic incident.