Gibson’s role was announced at a press event held by Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group at the movie’s Xiangshan production base on July 7.
“Mel is interested in what happened during that period of time, and provided relevant suggestions on how to make the movie,” said Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Kuailu. “He is very insightful.”
The film is directed by Xiao Feng, who previously shot another war actioner, “Hushed Roar,” in 2012.
Korean actor Song Seung-heon, Hong Kong star Nicholas Tse, and leading Chinese character actor Liu Ye also star.
The producers pegged the film’s production budget at $65 million. Previous reports had put it at $90 million.
The story focuses on the World War II bombing of the city of Chongquing by Japanese forces. The city served as the provisional capital of forces commanded by Chiang Kai-Shek.
“I hope audiences around the world can appreciate the cruelty of war and our courage, determination and capability to fight against it,” Shi Jianxiang said in a statement. “China needs such movies that deliver hope and spirit.”
Shi Jianxiang said Kailu invested in the film to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II.
“We cannot forget what happened in the past,” he said. “History made us what we are today.”
Gibson said his participation in “The Bombing” marked his first visit to China in two decades.
“I have seen so many changes in China,” he said. “”The Bombing’ has an excellent world-class team with outstanding producers, directors, cast and crew. Our crew is marvelous, modest but enthusiastic.”
Gibson’s directing credits include “Braveheart,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto.” He was also a producer on those three films and won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director for “Braveheart.”