After portraying the iconic superhero Spider-Man in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and the 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield will play a real life hero later this year in Hacksaw Ridge. Today we have the first trailer from this true story adaptation, which marks the directorial return of Mel Gibson, in his first movie behind the camera since 2006's Apocalypto. While Mel Gibson doesn't star in this movie, there is still a star-studded cast in place.
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.
Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The supporting cast includes Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn. Lionsgate has given Hacksaw Ridge a November 4 release date, putting it up against Marvel's Doctor Strange and 20th Century Fox's Trolls. It will also face Open Road Films' Bleed For This and Focus Features' Loving in limited release.
Mel Gibson directs from a script by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight. The drama is produced by William Mechanic, David Permut, Terry Benedict, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, Tyler Thompson, William D. Johnson and Brian Oliver. This movie marks Mel Gibson's fifth directorial outing, following The Man Without a Face, Best Picture winner Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
In addition to the trailer, we also have the first poster and photos from this World War II drama below. We don't know how wide a release Hacksaw Ridge will get, going up against two highly-anticipated movies like Doctor Strange and Trolls, but it certainly could put up some solid numbers when it debuts. While we wait for more details, take a look at the trailer courtesy of Youtube, along with he poster and photos from Hacksaw Ridge.