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After experiencing a rough patch over the last few years in the feature world, Vince Vaughn is exploring the world of television and can currently be seen weekly on HBO's second season of True Detective. However, you shouldn't expect him to stay away from the big screen for long, as new reports have confirmed him to star in the next movie directed by Mel Gibson.
According to Deadline, Vaughn has signed a deal that will see him star in Hacksaw Ridge, a new based-on-a-true-story thriller that is already set to star both Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington. The movie will tell the story of Desmond Doss, who was the first in American history to be a Conscientious Objector and earn a Medal of Honor.
Based on a script by screenwriters Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, Hacksaw Ridge will be set during World War II and feature Garfield as Doss. The story will begin following Doss as part of a battalion training at a base camp in South Carolina, and then follow the recruits as they are deployed to Japan and must fight during the Battle of Okinawa. The trade report doesn't seem to have any details about the role that Worthington will be playing in the movie, but Vince Vaughn will have a significant role as Sgt. Howell, a non-commissioned officer who prepares Doss and other recruits for war. Unfortunately, he bumps heads with Doss because the solider "refuses to shoot and kill the enemy."
As alluded to earlier, Vince Vaughn has had a tough go at it at the box office in recent years - and that extends to his 2015 resume as well. His only film to come out this year, the Ken Scott comedy Unfinished Business, opened at tenth place on the top 10, and while the movie only cost $35 million to make, it only brought it a grand total of $13 million worldwide (not to mention the fact that reviews tore it apart). He has completed work on the crime drama Term Life, which reunites him with director Peter Billingsley (Couples Retreat), and will star as a father who has assassins on his tail but must live long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in.
Hacksaw Ridge will be the first movie that Mel Gibson has directed since Apocalypto in 2006, which means that by the time the movie is released it will be more than a decade since we last saw one of his films. As things currently stand, there is a plan to have the movie shoot in Australia, though it's not yet clear exactly when principal photography is scheduled to take place. The movie doesn't currently have a release date, but we will keep you updated about the project as more developments are announced.