Luke Bracey Lands Lead In Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

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EXCLUSIVE: Luke Bracey has been set to star opposite Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington in the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge. Pic tells the story of Desmond Doss, the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal Of Honor for bravery in World War II. Bracey is on his way to being hot stuff, as he plays Johnny Utah (the role Keanu Reeves played) in the Warner Bros/Alcon remake of Point Break.

Hacksaw Ridge shoots in Australia. Bracey plays Smitty, the hard-nosed alpha dog of Doss’ platoon. While Smitty and Doss at first seem to be complete opposites, the realities of war prove they share more than they initially thought. Garfield plays Doss and the story unfolds during WWII and follows the soldiers of the 307th Infantry, 77th Army Division, 1st Battalion, Company B as they train for battle. The story begins at a base camp in South Carolina and follows the recruits as they learn basic wartime survival skills before being deployed to Japan where they come face to face with the action at the Battle of Okinawa.

IM Global’s Stuart Ford has been selling. The film is produced by Bill Mechanic and David Permut, with Terry Benedict and Steve Longi the co-producers. Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace wrote the script.

Bracey is coming off The Best Of Me, opposite Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, and November Man opposite Pierce Brosnan. He is repped by CAA, ROAR, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal and Mark Morrissey in Australia.

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