Belfast Telegraph

Angelina Jolie to direct film in Oz

Universal Pictures has announced that Angelina Jolie is in Sydney, Australia, to direct the survival saga Unbroken. The film will tell the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II hero and track star who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The movie, to be released in December 2014, is based on Laura Hillenbrand's book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which chronicles Zamperini's life.

The former Olympian spent a harrowing 47 days afloat in the Pacific Ocean following the 1943 crash of his US military plane. He spent the following two years as a prisoner of war after washing up behind Japanese enemy lines.

Unbroken will star Jack O'Connell as Zamperini. The screenplay is being fine-tuned by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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