By Danielle Moskowitz
Australian actor Luke Bracey recently announced that he will be joining the cast of Mel Gibson’s World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson will be directing the film. Bracey will be working alongside Andrew Garfield. Hacksaw Ridge also stars Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn. The movie focuses on the life of Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector. Doss claimed the right to refuse military service and won the Congressional Medal of Honor after rescuing dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Bracey will play the character Smitty who is the main antagonist and one of the leaders of Doss’ unit. Bracey is known for playing the younger Dawson in the recent Nicholas Spark’s movie The Best of Me. He will also be seen in a reboot of Point Break as Johnny Utah. The script of Hacksaw Ridge is written by Robert Schenkkan and We Were Soldiers screenwriter Randall Wallace. The film will start shoot in Australia beginning of September. The film is produced by Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium Films and David Permut’s Permut Productions. Brian Oliver will produce. Oliver is known for producing Legend and Black Swan. Terry Benedict and Steve Longi are co-producers and Gregory Crosby is an associate producer. Hacksaw Ridge is still in pre-production and should be released in 2016.