Angelina Jolie finally added a big name to her upcoming movie, ‘Unbroken’! Garrett Hedlund has been cast in a supporting role. Jack O’Connell will star in the film about World War II hero Lou Zamperini.
Shooting is set to begin in October. Angelina and her kids are already in Australia, where filming will take place.
The story begins in 1943, when Zamperini’s Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific. He survived without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks, aerial attacks and hunger before washing 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.
Hedlund’s addition was more than a month in the works, though he had to work out schedule conflicts. The film is set to begin shooting in October.
Ethan and Joel Coen penned a recent draft of the screenplay, which is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller. Universal picked up the rights to the book in January 2011, and William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese worked on previous drafts before Jolie took the film’s reins in December. The movie is scheduled to open in December 2014.
Hedlund recently starred in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Universal was interested in him to play the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey, but the actor bowed out before a formal offer was made.
Jolie is producing Unbroken with Matthew Baer and Erwin Stoff.
I had NO IDEA the Coen Brothers adapted the script, and I just got a WHOLE LOT more excited! I can’t wait!!