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Angelina Jolie appears in an interview with Walt Disney Pictures at the D23 Expo on Aug. 10, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Angelina Jolie directing 'Unbroken,' about WWII hero, in Australia

10/01/2013 by the Associated Press

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.

(Copyright © 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(Pictured above: Angelina Jolie appears in an interview with Walt Disney Pictures at the D23 Expo on Aug. 10, 2013.)

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