July 11, 2013 07:49:21 GMT
'Skins' actor Jack O'Connell is set to star as young Louis Zamperini in the Universal adaptation, which is set to be released on Christmas Day in 2014.
"Unbroken", the World War II movie about real-life Louis Zamperini, has got a release date. Universal Pictures has set the Angelina Jolie-directed pic to make its way out into theaters on December 25, 2014. Hence, it will meet face to face with musicals "Into the Woods" and "Annie" as well as "Night at the Museum 3".
The film additionally finally finds its first cast member. Among three actors who tested for the role of young Louis Zamperini including Alexander Dreymon, Dane DeHaan and Jack O'Connell, the one who catches Jolie's attention the most is apparently the latter, who will next be seen in "300: Rise of an Empire".
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's acclaimed 2010 book, the film chronicles the life of Zamperini, a former Olympic distance runner and WWII bombardier whose Air Force plane crashed at the sea. Floating adrift for 47 days, he was caught by the Japanese navy and became a POW in a Japanese prison camp.
Set to start production in September, "Unbroken" is penned by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, the duo behind "Inside Llewyn Davis".
It is the second directing gig for Jolie following 2011's "In the Land of Blood and Honey", which earned a Golden Globe nomination.