According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clint Eastwood has begun assembling his troops for his Flags of Our Fathers, casting Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach and Jesse Bradford in his World War II epic.

The movie is based on James Bradley's book Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima and was adapted by Paul Haggis.

The Battle of Iwo Jima, which took place in the winter of 1945, was a turning point in the Pacific Theater. In one month, 22,000 Japanese and 26,000 Americans died, and the battle produced one of World War II's most enduring images: a photograph of U.S. servicemen raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point.