Following the recent death of Olympics legend and World War II prisoner of war veteran Louis Zamperini, the inspiration for Angelina Jolie's latest sadly won't see the reaction to the final product.
Harry Brown's (2009) Jack O'Connell stars as the younger Zamperini, an irresponsible teenager turned LA high school athlete who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. During World War II, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific, leaving him without food or water for 28 days, enduring shark attacks, strafings and hunger. He finally washed ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors.
From the looks of this, Unbroken won't be scrubbing clean Zamperini's earlier life, which, as the man himself admits, saw him as a "rotten" teenager. It'll also have to encompass his fight for survival and captivity.
With Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Finn Wittrock (Masters Of Sex) and Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) in the cast and a script that's been worked on by Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures), William Nicholson (Les Misérables) and the Coen brothers (True Grit) at different points, this has all the makings of something both adventurous and potentially award worthy.
Unbroken will be out in the US on 25 December and the UK on 26 December.