Sometimes real life can be more astounding than any work of fiction and the story of Louis Zamperini must rank in the top rungs of amazing tales.
From meeting Hitler at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to enlisting in the US Air Force his life was special. However it's his story while in the Air force that truly makes for a captivating story. After his plane crashed into the sea he and two crew mates survived for 47 days at sea, until they washed up at Marshall Island. Unfortunately the landing allowed them to be captured by the Japanese Navy, then as a prisoner of war he endured brutal treatment until he was finally released to go home.
His story was originally told in the Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” and the book forms the basis for the film.
ANGELINA JOLIE: “It will be hard to make a film worthy of this great man. I am deeply honored to have the chance and will do all I can to bring Louie’s inspiring story to life. Everyone involved in the film shares this deep responsibility. Like all readers of Laura’s book and all people who love and admire Louie, I am a fan who has learned so much. He has made me a better person.”
LOUIS ZAMPERINI: “Angelina is a human dynamo, and I know she will tell this story in the right way. I’ve received so many letters and talked to so many people who say that Laura’s book has helped them when they were going through hard times. I believe the movie will reach even more people with that message.”