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Angelina Jolie to direct 'Unbroken' in Australia

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 8:43 am

LOS ANGELES — 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 U.S. 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.