Casting: Bracey, Hayes, Mitchell, Cranston

Hacksaw Ridge
Australian actor Luke Bracey (“Point Break”) will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in the cast of Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge”. Filming begins in Australia next month with Gibson helming from a script by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace.

Garfield play Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Bracey will portray Smitty, the main villain and one of the leaders of Doss’ platoon. [Source: Variety]

War Machine
Australian actor Anthony Hayes has joined the cast of David Michod’s “War Machine” film for Netflix and Brad Pitt’s Plan B productions. Filming begins this Fall and Netflix will open the film in select theaters next year as well as stream the film on its online service.

Pitt plays a four-star general whose track record lands him the commanding job in the American conflict in Afghanistan. Topher Grace, Scoot McNairy, Emory Cohen, John Magaro and Anthony Michael Hall also star in the film which Ian Bryce, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing. [Source: Variety]

Kong: Skull Island
Following his portrayal as a young Eazy-E in “Straight Outta Compton,” actor Jason Mitchell is in negotiations to join Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “Kong: Skull Island” for Legendary and Universal.

The story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. Mitchell will play a pilot and joins a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins. [Source: Variety]

Why Him?
Bryan Cranston will star opposite James Franco in “I Love You Man” director John Hamburg’s comedy “Why Him?” for 20th Century Fox.

Cranston plays a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). Shooting begins in Los Angeles in February. [Source: Deadline]