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Vince Vaughn and Andrew Garfield to star in Mel Gibson-directed WWII drama

on July 29, 2015, 3:40pm

Vince Vaughn has signed on to co-star in Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge. According to Variety, Vaughn joins Andrew Garfield in the World War II drama.

The film tells the true story of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector in US military history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss was working as a medic stationed in Japan during the 1945; during the Battle of Okinawa, he risked his life multiple times saving dozens of soldiers, as well as single-handedly removing 75 casualties off the battlefield while under heavy fire.

Garfield will play Doss, while Vaughn will take on the role of an army sergeant. The film’s script was written by Robert Schenkkan (TV’s The Pacific) and Randall Wallace (We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor). A release is expected in 2017.

Gibson’s Hollywood presence has been shaky over the last few years, with an almost complete absence from movies from 2006 to 2010 following a few damaging public — and private — outbursts. Recently, he’s appeared in ridiculous action films including Get the Gringo and The Expendables 3, but Hacksaw Ridge marks his first time in a director’s chair since 2006’s critically acclaimed Apocalypto.