Garfield is playing 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 after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Weaving will portray his father, Tom Doss.
Australian actor Ryan Corr has also joined the cast as the Lt. Manville character.
Shooting began several weeks ago in Australia. Gibson is directing from a script by Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight and “We Were Soldiers” screenwriter Randall Wallace. Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer and Rachel Griffiths also star.
Cross Creek is the principal financier. The film is produced by Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium Films and David Permut’s Permut Presentations along with Bruce Davie and Paul Currie. James M. Vernon is exec producing.
Weaving played the character Elrond in the Hobbit trilogy.
Lionsgate will handle U.S. distribution through its Summit label.