Jack O’Connell stars as Olympian Louis “Louie” Zamperini
Angelina Jolie‘s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s gripping best-seller “Unbroken” received a prime Winter Olympics spot on Sunday.
Produced by Universal Pictures, a corporate sibling of Olympics broadcaster NBC, the three-minute look is narrated by Tom Brokaw and also includes documentary footage of Olympian Louis “Louie” Zamperini. The distance runner’s athletic feats are of secondary importance.
Jolie’s film centers on his service in World War II and his incredible struggle to survive after his plane crashed into the ocean. Along with his crew mates, he subsisted on rainwater and raw fish before being taken prisoner by the Japanese.
“Zamperini’s miraculous journey of resilience is one of the most inspirational stories ever known,” Brokaw intones.
Newcomer Jack O’Connell stars as Zamperini, leading a cast that includes Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, and Finn Wittrock. The script comes courtesy of Joel and Ethan Coen. The film hits theaters on Dec. 25, 2014, right in the heart of Oscars season.
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