Vince Vaughn Joins Mel Gibson’s World War II Film Hacksaw Ridge

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Vince Vaughn joins Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

Deadline has revealed that “True Detective” star Vince Vaughn will head to war with Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington in Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge, the next outing as a director for Academy Award winner Mel Gibson.

This marks the fifth film behind the camera for Gibson (The Passion of The Christ, Apocalypto). The movie tells the true WWII story of Corporal Desmond Doss (Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor after acts of bravery and sacrifice saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa.

Vaughn has signed to play Sgt. Howell, a non-commissioned officer who prepares his soldiers for battle by pushing them to their limits both physically and mentally in order to keep them alive. When Doss refuses to shoot and kill the enemy, it contradicts everything the sergeant knows about war.

Hacksaw Ridge is scripted by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, the latter of whom wrote Braveheart for Gibson and directed him in the Vietnam film We Were Soldiers. Terry Benedict, Bill Mechanic, Steve Longi and David Permut are all attached to produce, with a reported budget of $45 million dollars.

Vaughn will next be seen as a man hunted by the mob in the Image Comics adaptation Term Life opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Jon Favreau.

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