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Mel Gibson will make his directorial comeback with second world war drama Hacksaw Ridge, which begins shooting in New South Wales in September. Actor Andrew Garfield will star in the film, while Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn are also reportedly on board.
The Oscar-winning actor and director joined the NSW deputy premier and minister for the arts, Troy Grant, at a press conference in Sydney to announce the production. Grant said the film will bring 720 jobs and A$26m (US$19m) to regional and rural NSW. Gibson said the state was the “clear choice” for filming.
The film tells the story of conscientious objector and Seventh-Day Adventist Desmond Doss, who refused to kill or bear arms because of his religious beliefs, but served as a medic alongside the Americans fighting the Japanese in the Pacific.
The film focuses on the 1945 battle of Okinawa, where Doss single-handedly moved 75 injured men to safety under enemy fire. He was awarded the congressional medal of honour for his bravery by US President Harry Truman and was also awarded a Purple Heart three times and a Bronze star medal. The Amazing Spider-Man star, Garfield, will play Doss.