Viewers of the Winter Olympics got a first look at the latest film directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken. Based on true events it tells the story of Olympian Louis Zamperini whose life takes a twisted turn when he is taken prisoner by Japanese soldiers during WWII. The exclusive preview of the film, in a semi-documentary style, featured an interview with Zamperini who discussed his experiences from becoming an Olympian to his capture and life in a POW camp.
“To persevere, I think, is important for everybody,” Zamperini said offering words of encouragement in the clip. “Don’t give up, don’t give in. There’s always an after for everything.”
Jack O’Connell, who will be seen in 300: The Rise of an Empire this March, will portray the young Zamperini in the big-screen production. He will be joined on screen by co-stars Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard).
Unbroken will premiere in theaters on Christmas Day in the US. You can watch the preview of the film below:
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