The movie is based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector (someone who claims the right to refuse military service) to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Garfield will portray Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, who received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.
Vaughn, who stars in HBO’s “True Detective,” will play a sergeant preparing soldiers for battle. Doss’ story was the basis of the 2004 TV documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”
On Thursday (July 30, local time) it was confirmed that the film will shoot ‘Down Under’ with shooting beginning in September. It will use the Fox Studios Australia and primarily filmed in locations across New South Wales.
The location move was announced by the NSW State Government’s Deputy Premier and Arts Minister, Troy Grant and Industry, Resources and Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts. Such high profile political support is usually indicative of financial input into the film by the relevant Australian state, though this was not confirmed by the NSW authorities.
“We’re appreciative of Ausfilm’s help in the process of putting a movie together. Our [scouting] trip earlier this year was critical in not only making the decision to shoot here but finding our heads of department,” said Bill Mechanic, producer, who has recently taken two other international productions to Australia.
Producers of the film include Mechanic, Bruce Davey, Paul Currie, David Permut and executive producer, James M. Vernon. It is co-produced by with Terry Benedict and Steve Longi.
Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace wrote the screenplay. Vaughn is repped by WME. The casting news was first reported by Deadline.