Watch First Official Trailer for Angelina Jolie-Directed ‘Unbroken’
Olympian. Soldier. Prisoner-of-war. Fighter. Survivor.
Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie is making movie magic again, but this time, her demanding role won’t be seen by moviegoers.
Unbroken, the new film directed and produced by Jolie, tells the true story of 1936 Olympian-turned-war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) in the epic drama from Universal Pictures.
After training his way to the Olympics, Zamperini enlisted in the Air Corps to fight in World War II. After surviving a plane crash over the Pacific during the war, Zamperini and two other crewmen lived on a raft for 47 days before getting caught by the Japanese Navy, and taken to a prisoner-of-war camp in Tokyo.
In the trailer, when asked who the Olympic athlete is in the POW camp, Zamperini steps forward, and as a result, must be punished. All the prisoners are demanded to punch the former Olympian because he “must be taught respect,” and “each prisoner will teach him.”
“If I can take it, I can make it,” Zamperini, (O’Connell) says in the trailer.
In a segment for Today in February 2014, Jolie explained that working on this film was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” adding, “[I feel] such a huge responsibility to get it right because I love [Louis] so much, and because he’s helped me so much in my life.”
Sadly, Louis Zamperini died on July 2 at 97 years old.
Unbroken can be seen in theaters December 25.