TORONTO — The first full-length trailer for Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, was released Thursday.
The drama is based on the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was stranded on a raft for 47 days after his plane was shot down in World War II. He was eventually captured by the Japanese.
Zamperini was the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
Zamperini passed away on July 2 at 97.
“We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him,” Jolie said in a statement following his death.
Unbroken stars British actor Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) as Zamperini as well as Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) and Jai Courtney (Divergent).
The film is Jolie’s second directorial effort — following 2011′s The Land of Blood and Honey — and was filmed in Australia in late 2013 and early 2014.
Unbroken is scheduled for release on Christmas Day but, according to a source, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
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