Luke Bracey joins “Hacksaw Ridge” cast.
Luke Bracey (of “The November Man” and “The Best Of Me” fame) has signed on to star in actor turn director Mel Gibson’s latest, the true World War II tale, “Hacksaw Ridge”.
As reported by Deadline, the Australian actor will join Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington in the story of Corporal Demond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honour.
Scripted by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, whom worked with Gibson on “Braveheart”, the story of “Hacksaw Ridge” is likely to focus on 1945’s three-month military assault Operation Iceberg, also known as the Battle of Okinawa. While the plot mainly centres on Doss (played by Garfield) who was drafted into World War II at age 23. Raised at a Seventh-Day Adventist, he refused to kill or carry a weapon which led to him being stationed as a medic. President Harry S. Truman presented Doss with his commendation on November 1, 1945, citing many acts of bravery and sacrifice performed by Doss in the line of duty.
Bracey will play a member of Doss’ platoon by the name of Smitty who is in the original story was described as a “hard-nose alpha dog” who manages to form a close bond with Doss. Terry Benedict, Bill Mechani, Steve Longi and David Permut are all attached to produce “Hacksaw Ridge”, which is set up at Lionsgate and will most likely shoot in Australia.