Universal Pictures has released the highly anticipated first trailer for WWII biographical drama Unbroken.
Directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, the film stars Australians Jai Courtney, Alex Russell and AiF member Ross Langley in his first feature film role.
Unbroken tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, an American track star and second lieutenant in the US Army Air Force during World War II, whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on assignment. Zamperini survived for 47 days in the Ocean before his raft was washed ashore the Marshall Islands, where he was captured by Japanese forces and held captive and tortured for two years.
British actor Jack O'Connell stars as Zamperini and rising star Alex Russell plays his older brother, Pete. Courtney plays WWII fighter pilot Hugh 'Cut' Cuppernell and Langley plays WWII pilot, Mitchell.
Filmed at various locations in NSW and QLD, including Fox Studios in Sydney and Village Roadshow Studios in Queensland, Universal Pictures has scheduled the movie for release in the U.S. on Christmas Day 2014.
The WWII hero died this month on July 2, 2014 of pneumonia in Los Angeles, aged 97.
A statement released by Universal Pictures said,
"Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge. He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day-long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days."
We move forward to the release of Unbroken with a renewed sense of responsibility in bringing Louie's abundant life and indomitable spirit to the screen. Now more than ever, we join Angelina in honoring the lessons and legacy of this extraordinary man who has meant so much to so many.