Hugo Weaving has joined the cast of Mel Gibson's star-studded Australian film Hacksaw Ridge.

Weaving will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths and Richard Roxburgh in the film, which is now in production.

Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of conscientious objector, Desmond Doss (Garfield), who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing a gun. 

Believing that the War was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon.

Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He is the only conscientious objector to ever win the US Medal of Honour.

Weaving will play Garfield's son, Tom Doss.

Producers of the film include Bill Mechanic, Bruce Davey, Paul Currie, David Permut and executive Producer, James M Vernon with screenplay by Australian writer Andrew Knight and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Robert Schenkkan.

The film is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016.

Hacksaw Ridge is Gibson's first time back in the director's chair sinc Apocalypto in 2006.

Beth Armstrong will also work in the film as a director's attachment as part of an Australian Directors Guild/Screen Australian scheme after beating more than 125 applicants to the job.

The film is set to generate about 720 jobs and and over $26 million in production expenditure across central Sydney, Western Sydney and regional NSW. 

For full list of cast and crew, see below.

Andrew Garfield              Desmond Doss

Sam Worthington            Captain Glover

Vince Vaughn                    Sergeant Howell

Luke Bracey                        Smitty Ryker

Hugo Weaving                   Tom Doss

Teresa Palmer                   Dorothy Shutte

Rachel Griffiths                 Bertha Doss

Richard Roxburgh            Colonel Stelzer

Luke Pegler                        Milt Zane (Hollywood)

Richard Pyros                     Randall Fuller (Teach)

Ryan Corr                            Lt Manville         

Ben Mingay                        Grease Nolan

Firass Dirani                        Vito Rinnelli

Nico Cortez                         Kirzinski (Flamer)

Michael Sheasby              Tex Lewis

Nathaniel Buzolic               Harold “Hal” Doss

Goran Kleut                        Andy Walker (Ghoul)           

Jacob Warner                    James Pinnick

Harry Greenwood           Henry Brown

Damien Thomlinson        Ralph Morgan

Ben O’Toole                       Corporal Jessop

Ori Pfeffer                            Irv Schecter

Benedict Hardie                                Captain Daniels

Milo Gibson                        Lucky

Robert Morgan                 Colonel Cunningham

Bill Young                             General Musgrove

Lt Colonel Gooney           Matt Nable

Production Companies

Cosmos Filmed Entertainment

Pandemonium Films

Permut Presentations

Cross Creek Pictures

Demarest Films


Mel Gibson – Director

Bill Mechanic – Producer

David Permut – Producer

Bruce Davey – Producer

Paul Currie – Producer

Terry Benedict – Producer

William D. Johnson – Producer

James M Vernon – Executive Producer

David Greathouse – Executive Producer

Brian Oliver – Producer

Tyler Thompson – Producer

Suzanne Warren –Associate Producer

Ric Nicita – Executive Producer

Steve Longi – Co-Producer

Greg Crosby – Associate Producer

Joel Kramer – Associate Producer

Gabe Videla – Associate Producer

Zak Mechanic – Associate Producer

Dr Charles Knapp, Col US Army Ret – Consultant

 Director of Photography – Simon Duggan

2nd Unit Director – Mic Rogers

1st AD – PJ Voeten

Production Designer – Barry Robison

Costume Designer – Lizzy Gardiner

Make-up Artist – Shane Thomas

Composer – John Debney

Editor – John Gilbert

Casting Director – Nikki Barrett

VFX Supervisor – Chris Godfrey

Post Supervisor – Jane Maguire

Line Producer – Barbara Gibbs


Global – IM Global


USA – Summit

Australia and New Zealand – Icon Distribution

France – Metropolitan FilmExport

Germany – Universum Film Gmbh

Greece/Cyprus – Spentzos Film SA

Italy – Andrew Leone Films

Portugal – LusoMundo Audiovisuais

Scandanavia – Mis Label Aps

Spain – DEA Planeta

Switzerland – Impuls Pictures

Baltic States – Acme Film SIA

Bulgaria – Freeman Distribution

Czechoslovakia – AQS a.s.

Hungary – Freeman Distribution

Poland – Freeman Distribution

Romania – Freeman Distribution

Asia PTV – Fox International Channels

China – YooZoo Pictures

Hong Kong – Bravos

Indonesia – Prima Cinema Multimedia

Indonesia – United Champ Assets

Japan – Kinofilm

Malaysia – Apsara Distribution, LLC

Philippines – Apsara Distribution, LLC

Singapore – Apsara Distribution, LLC

South Korea – Pancinema

Taiwan – Applause Entertainment

Thailand – Apsara Distribution, LLC

Latin America (IFTA) – Sun Distribution Group

India and Sri Lanka – Tanweer Films FZ, LLC

Israel – United King Video

Middle East – Selim Ramia & Co.

South Africa – M-Net

Turkey – Aqua Group Inc.

Airline – Entertainment in Motion

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