Angelina Jolie directs movie about WWII veteran Olympian

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the novel Unbroken.

Angelina Jolie is in the director’s chair again, two years after her Bosnian wartime romance movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Now, she’s taking on the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survived a plane crash into the ocean while enlisted during World War II.

The film, called Unbroken, is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand. Zamperini spent 47 days on a raft in the ocean, and was then imprisoned in a really nasty Japanese prisoner-of-war-camp for 2 years.

Jolie described the making of the movie as a tough struggle, although nothing quite so rough as what Zamperini went through! “On set, we started to joke and say, ‘Tomorrow will be easier,’ knowing full well that on this challenging shoot, there are no easy days. Anytime it gets tough, we think of the real men who lived through this, and no one complains. In fact, we all just feel honored to be here.”

Featured image courtesy of Random House Publishing.