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February 17th, 2014
Angelina Jolie is going behind the camera for a second time with her new film Unbroken. Jolie has just released the trailer for her second directorial effort, which tells the real-life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, a US Olympian turned prisoner-of-war survivor.
Unbroken follows the life of Zamperini, played by Skins star Jack O’Connell, as he goes from being a troubled teen to Olympic runner to POW survivor. Following the 1936 Olympics, where Zamperini competed as the youngest member to ever make the US track team for the 5000 metres, he enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1941. After his plane was shot down, Zamperini and two members of his troop spent 47 days at sea before being captured by Japanese forces. He then spent two years in a POW camp.
Jolie’s new film is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s biography of Zamperini, titled Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which became a New York Times Bestseller in 2010. The film’s trailer, which includes an interview with now 97-year-old Zamperini, was released to coincide with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.Tweet