HBO’s “The Pacific”, the Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg produced, $150 million ten-episode World War II television drama mini-series began production on Monday in Queensland, Australia.
William Sadler has scored the lead role of Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Burwell Puller, the most decorated Marine in history and the first, and only, United States Marine to receive the Navy Cross (and he got it five times).
James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello and Val Lauren have already been cast. Joining them are Aussie actors Gary Sweet as a gun man, Rupert Reid (TVs “Blue Heelers”), Tom Budge (“Last Train to Freo”) and Linda Cropper (“Black Rock”).
The series, a follow-up to “Band of Brothers” as such, is based on the experiences of Marines John Basilone, Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie – the later two penning gritty first hand accounts of the combat and atrocities that took place between US Marines and Japanese soldiers during the Second World War.
Shooting will continue in Queensland through til November before moving down to Melbourne.