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Mel Gibson determines to honour Desmond T. Doss with five-star movie

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Story by Jack Foley

MEL Gibson has pledged to make a five star film in order to honour the bravery of famous World War II army medic Desmond T. Doss.

Hacksaw Ridge will find Gibson returning to the director’s chair for the first time since 2006’s Apocalypto and will focus on one of the bloodiest battle of WWII in Okinawa and the role played by conscientious objector Doss, who saved 75 men without firing a gun.

Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington have been lined up to star in the film, which is now in pre-production in Sydney, with principal photography due to start on September 5, 2015. The film is expected to be wrapped in the second half of 2016.

Gibson maintains the story of Doss is “inspirational”: and said he felt drawn to the story of an ”army medic who wouldn’t touch a weapon but yet who wanted to be part of saving lives in the worst place on earth”.

“To walk into the worst place on earth and not have a weapon and walk amongst it and do his job as a Corps medic and save so many lives, it’s remarkable,” he told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

Gibson went on to describe Doss as a very humble man, who “didn’t like to make a song and dance” about his achievements. Indeed, he gave the rights to his life story to his church, which then sold them after he passed away.

He was awarded the Medal Of Honour, the only conscientious objector to do so, as well as two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

The script has been written by Andrew Knight, who has overhauled the original script by Robert Schenkkan. Knight co-wrote Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner.

British actor and former Spider-Man Garfield will play Doss, with Vince Vaughn as a drill sergeant.

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