Angelina Jolie to direct biopic of Olympian-turned-war-hero Louis Zamperini

Jul 21, 2013 901

Angelina Jolie is taking on another war-torn tale of survival.

The Oscar-winning megastar is in final talks with Universal and Walden Media to direct "Unbroken," a biopic of Olympian-turned-war-hero Louis Zamperini. Based on the bestselling 2010 book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" by Laura Hillebrand, the film will tell the harrowing story of Zamperini's brutal internment in a Japanese prison camp during WWII.

"I read Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book, and I was so moved by Louie Zamperini's heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film," said Jolie in a statement. "Louie is a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story."

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