Levi Shirley was the second American volunteer to be killed while fighting alongside Kurdish militants against the Islamic State in Syria. (YPG Press Office/YouTube)

A new post-9/11 war movie will tell the story of Levi Shirley, an American who volunteered to fight alongside the Kurdish YPG against ISIS, before his death in July 2016 during battle in Manbij, Syria, Variety first reported on Monday.

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In Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” Andrew Garfield plays Desmond T. Doss, an aw-shucks country boy from Virginia who enlisted in the Army in 1942, fought in the Battle of Okinawa, saved the lives of 75 men and won the Medal of Honor.

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So long as the acting isn’t terrible, or the plot awful, even a mediocre film set during the Second World War is going to do well with an American audience. We love that shit — dead Nazis, all-American heroes, massive battles, and, most importantly, a major victory for the United States. In the coming months, we’ll see four more additions to this genre: “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Allied,” “Dunkirk,” and “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.”

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A new trailer for the World War II film “Hacksaw Ridge” follows the story of an unlikely hero Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who served as a medic in the Army and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and selflessness.

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