Someone in Hollywood has got a fire lit under them when it comes to trying to make Luke Bracey the next big thing. The 26 year old Aussie was seen in last year’s spy caper The November Man, the weepy romantic drama The Best of Me, and he’s inherited one of the roles that made Keanu Reeves a household name: Johnny Utah in the remake of Point Break. While that last film will be the first true test of how well audiences take to this up-and-comer since he’ll be front and center, and we won’t know those results until the movie comes out this Christmas, another Aussie seems ready to keep the actor’s momentum going.
Mel Gibson has reportedly cast the actor in his next directorial feature, Hacksaw Ridge. Bracey will join Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), and Sam Worthington (Avatar) in the World War II period piece. It’ll tell the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery. Doss refused to carry a weapon or kill anyone, due to religious beliefs, but his work saving lives as a medic was invaluable, and he continued on even after being injured three times. Garfield will play Doss. Bracey is set to play Smitty, an Alpha Male type that at first doesn’t understand Doss’s convictions.
Filming is set to take placein Gibson, Bracey, and Worthington’s homeland of Australia. This will mark Gibson’s first time in the director’s chair since 2006’s Apocalypto. Other past directing credits for the controversial figure include The Passion of The Christ and Braveheart.