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Sunday 20 April 2014

Jack O'Connell lands Unbroken role

Jack O'Connell will star in Unbroken

Jack O'Connell, the actor best known for Skins and This Is England, is set to star in Angelina Jolie's new film Unbroken.

Hollywood actress Angelina is set to direct the World War II drama, from a script by Oscar-winning writers Joel and Ethan Coen.

Variety reported that English actor Jack, 22, is to play Louis Zamperini in the Universal Pictures film, based on Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience And Redemption.

The book tells the true story of former Olympian and WWII bombardier Zamperini, a Los Angeles high school track star who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

In 1943, his plane crashed in the Pacific. He managed to survive without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks and air attacks, before washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war and tortured for two years.

Variety quoted Angelina, who made her directorial debut in 2011 with Bosnian war drama In The Land Of Blood And Honey, as saying: "I've had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louis Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now - I am proud to say - a dear friend. I am deeply honoured to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves. I am grateful to Universal for making this film a priority."

Jack, who played James Cook in E4 drama Skins and Pukey Nicholls in This Is England, was reportedly among a handful of young actors who tested for the role in June.

He is currently filming 300: Rise Of An Empire while other previous credits include Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine.

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