Luke Bracey will star in Mel Gibson’s upcoming World War II drama, Hacksaw Ridge. The Australian actor, known for a recurring role in Home & Away, will join Sam Worthington, Andrew Garfield, and Vince Vaughn, in Gibson’s historical account of America’s first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour.
Bracey will portray Desmond Thomas Doss, a medic serving in the Pacific, who refused to carry a weapon due to his religious beliefs. Doss fought in the battle of Okinawa, was injured three times during his service, and lost a lung to tuberculosis he developed amid the conflict. The film will focus on the battle of Okinawa, where Doss single-handedly lifted 75 injured combatants from the field under heavy enemy fire.
Mel Gibson has recently retreated from the limelight after expounding anti-Semitic opinions, picked up by the press. The Oscar winning actor has apologized for his remarks, however a recent episode with a female journalist has thrown any apparent goodwill into question.
Gibson has seemingly transitioned into the less public role of director, helming the esoteric epics Passion of the Christ (2004) and Apocalypto (2006). Hacksaw Ridge will shoot in Australia later this year. Meanwhile, Luke Bracey will play Johnny Utah in the upcoming remake of Point Break, which will be released on January 8, 2016.