Survival. Resilience. Redemption.

Based on The New York Times bestselling book 'Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption' by Laura Hillenbrand ('Seabiscuit: An American Legend'), Unbroken is set to begin production in late September 2013. Jolie, who is joined on the project by fellow producers Matthew Baer (City by the Sea) and Erwin Stoff (The Day the Earth Stood Still), has been a fierce champion of bringing this incredible story of Louis 'Louie' Zamperini's bravery and heroism to the big screen. Joining the behind-the-scenes crew are an accomplished team, led by ten-time OscarA-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall), who comes aboard as director of photography, and Jon Hutman (In the Land of Blood and Honey), who reteams with Jolie as the film's production designer. 'I've had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now-I am proud to say-a dear friend,' said Jolie. 'I am deeply honored to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves. I am grateful to Universal for making this film a priority.' Originally published by Random House in 2010, the book follows the incredible life story of Olympian and war hero Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The book has sat atop The New York Times bestseller list for more than 135 consecutive weeks and is the sixth best-selling nonfiction title ever since the list began in 1942. It was also the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction. The project has a long history with the studio, which first acquired the rights to tell the life story of Zamperini in 1957 and optioned the rights to Hillenbrand's book in December 2010. Jolie was attached to direct in December 2012. Academy AwardA winners Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) rewrote the screenplay from earlier drafts by William Nicholson (Les MisArables) and Richard LaGravenese (HBO's Behind the Candelabra). Mick Garris and David Crockett serve as executive producers.

  • 2 hr 17 minPG13HDSD
  • Dec 25, 2014
  • Drama

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Cast & Crew

  • Jack O'ConnellLouis Zamperini

    Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and began acting professionally playing Connor Yates in a 2005 episode of the television series Doctors (2000). His subsequent TV roles included 4 episodes of The Bill (1984), 6 of The Runaway (2010), and 18 of the popular teen drama Skins (2007). He made his film debut playing Pukey Nicholls in 2006's This Is England (2006), later co-starring in Eden Lake (2008), Harry Brown (2009), Private Peaceful (2012) and The Somnambulists (2011), before receiving critical acclaim for his lead roles as a jailed teenager in Starred Up (2013) and a British soldier in Belfast in '71 (2014). O'Connell made his Hollywood debut as Greek soldier Calisto in the graphic novel-based action-war film 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), and then played Olympic distance runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini in the Angelina Jolie-directed war drama Unbroken (2014). His upcoming roles include The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) and Money Monster (2016), the latter with George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
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  • Domhnall GleesonPhil

    Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor and writer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise (2010-2011), About Time (2013), Ex Machina (2015) and The Revenant (2015). He is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, alongside whom he has appeared in several films and theatre projects. Gleeson starred in Anna Karenina (2012), Frank (2014), Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017). He also portrayed the First Order's General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). In 2013 he starred in the Black Mirror episode Be Right Back. His film debut was Boy Eats Girl (2005).
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  • JOHN MAGAROTinker

    John Robert Magaro was born in 1983 in Akron, Ohio, to Wendy and James Magaro, and was raised in the local suburb Munroe Falls. He began appearing in local theatre productions in and around Cleveland and Akron. In film, Magaro has starred in Paramount's Overlord (2018), directed by Julius Avery. He was also seen in Reginald Hudlin's "Marshall," alongside Chadwick Boseman, in Netflix's "War Machine," starring Brad Pitt, and also in Paramount's award winning "The Big Short." "The Big Short" was awarded Best Ensemble by the National Board of Review for 2015 and received the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival, as well as being nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble and a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Additionally, Magaro earned a Hollywood Spotlight Award from the Hollywood Film Awards for his performance in 2012's Not Fade Away (2012). No stranger to the small screen, Magaro is known for his work in "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," Woody Allen's "Crisis in Six Scenes," and for his memorable recurring role on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." A stage actor as well, Magaro starred in the Public Theatre's premiere of "Illyria," playing the Public's founder Joseph Papp. He also had a flashy supporting role in Scott Rudin's revival of "The Front Page," directed by Jack O'Brien, opposite Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman. Magaro also played the male lead in the critically acclaimed production of "Tigers Be Still," written by Kimberly Rosenstock and directed by Sam Gold for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
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  • ALEX RUSSELLOlder Pete

    Upon graduating from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2008, Alex starred in the independent Australian feature film Wasted On The Young, which garnered much attention at Toronto International Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival. This was followed with roles in several independent and studio films in both the US and Australia. In 2012 Alex played the lead role in the US science fiction thriller Chronicle, which grossed over $126 million worldwide. Following the success of Chronicle, Alex starred in the 2013 re-make of the infamous supernatural horror classic Carrie alongside Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz followed by a performance in Andrew Niccol's The Host. Alex followed this with starring roles in Australian drama Cut Snake with director Tony Ayres and co-starring Sullivan Stapleton and Jessica Gouw and as Pete Zamperini alongside Jack O'Connell and Jai Courtney in Angelina Jolie's Academy Award nominated epic Unbroken. Most recently, Alex has starred in Ivan Sen's Australian outback western Goldstone opposite Jacki Weaver and David Wenham; Christian Papierniak's Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town opposite Mackenzie Davis; Greg McLean's Jungle opposite Daniel Radcliffe for Arclight films; Joseph Kosinski's Only The Brave opposite Miles Teller and Josh Brolin for Sony Pictures, Black Label Media and producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Luke Shanahan's Rabbit opposite Adelaide Clemens. In the summer of 2017, Alex wrapped his most recent project, independent feature Brampyon's Own for writer/director Michael Doneger starring alongside Rose McIver and Jean Smart. Alex stars as Jim Street in SWAT for CBS Studios and Sony Pictures Television Studios, airing on CBS in 2017. Alex is represented by UTA, Mosaic and United Management.
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  • Jai CourtneyCup

    Jai Courtney was born on March 15, 1986 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Jai Stephen Courtney. He is an actor, known for Terminator Genisys (2015), Divergent (2014) and Suicide Squad (2016).
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  • JOHN D'LEOYoung Pete

    John D'Leo was born and raised in New Jersey. He has two older brothers. When John is not in front of the camera, he is behind it. He has acquired a love for filmmaking and all aspects of "behind-the scenes" work. John also enjoys photography and writing scripts. He is a unique talent with a flair for comedy, natural on-camera demeanor and all-around passion for entertaining.
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  • Finn WittrockMac

    Finn Wittrock was born in Lenox, Massachusetts. Finn grew up near the stage of Shakespeare and Company, where his father worked. He moved to Los Angeles at 12 years old and attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). After high school he took a year off and pounded the pavement as an actor, appearing in "ER," "Cold Case," "CSI: Miami" and the unforgettable "Halloweentown High." He then got out of town and attended the Juilliard School, where no one saw him for 4 years. After resurfacing on the daytime soap opera "All My Children" he appeared in Tony Kushners "The Illusion" off Broadway at the Signature Theatre. Mike Nichols attended the play and asked him to audition for the role of Happy in "Death of a Salesman on Broadway." He got the job and thereby made his Broadway debut. Mike Nichols. He returned to Broadway in 2017 with "The Glass Menagerie" starring Sally Field and directed by Sam Gold, after playing Cassio in Sam's production of Othello at New York Theatre Workshop with Daniel Craig and David Oyellowo. He has also appeared at the Goodman Theatre opposite Diane Lane in Tennessee Williams's "Sweet Bird of Youth", directed by David Cromer. Recent films include "Judy," "Semper Fi," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," "If Beale Street Could Talk," and "The Big Short." He has been nominated for two Emmy Awards: for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" as well as " American Horror Story: Freakshow." He has also appeared in the AHS seasons "Hotel," "Roanoke" and "1984." Other films included Winter's Tale (2014), Noah (2014), and Unbroken (2014). He appeared in Masters of Sex (2013) on Showtime as well as The Normal Heart (2014) on HBO. Wittrock originated the role of Damon on All My Children (1970), and has made appearances on shows such as Criminal Minds (2005), Harry's Law (2011), CSI: Miami (2002), Cold Case (2003), and ER (1994). His screenplay The Submarine Kid (2015), which he wrote with lifelong friend Eric Bilitch, has been turned into a film.
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  • SPENCER LOFRANCOActor

  • C.J. VALLEROYYoung Louie

    C.J. Valleroy's love for acting was ignited at age six watching Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's kitchen combat scene in the film Mr & Mrs Smith. As fate would have it, eight years later C.J. was cast in the role of the incorrigible, young Louie Zamperini in the Angelina Jolie directed feature, Unbroken, which was released worldwide on Christmas Day, 2014. Born in Oklahoma City, C.J. and his family moved to Altamonte Springs, Florida when he was six months old. He began modeling and dancing at age 10, and at 14 moved out to Los Angeles in hopes of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Within his first year in Los Angeles, C.J. made his 2013 television debut as Max in Nickelodeon's Deadtime Stories. 2014 marked C.J.'s film debut in Unbroken, the astonishing true story of Louis Zamperini, a troubled youth who channeled his defiance into running, and became an international track star at the Berlin Olympics. As World War II broke out, Zamperini enlisted as an airman where he survived a plane crash, and several Japanese prisoner of war camps. Most recently, CJ was cast as Charlie Drake in Amblin Entertainment/TNT's 2015 pilot Lumen, the story of a boy (Charlie) who accidentally transports his entire family into the world of a writer's creation. Charity work lives at the heart of C.J.'s every day life. As a result of his aunt's long battle with cancer, he began knitting caps for her - a different colored cap for every month. When she passed, she asked him to continue knitting, and he has - hundreds of knitted caps for cancer patients in chemotherapy clinics as well as Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. Between filming, C.J. continues to pursue dancing, a passion he has nurtured since he began walking. His most recent engagement was as a 2014 SparKid dancer for half-time performances at LA Sparks games.
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  • MADDALENA ISCHIALELouise

    Already a respected stage, TV, and film actress in her native Italy, Maddalena's breakthrough performance as the long-suffering and steadfast mother of U.S. Olympian and POW Louis Zamperini has garnered international acclaim. While still a teenager, Maddalena studied with Susan Strasberg in Rome. She quickly landed her first role, playing opposite Rupert Everett in Michele Soavi's Cemetery Man (1994)(aka "Cemetery Man") and began a national tour of "The Diary of Anne Frank" in the title role. Furthering her studies, Maddalena earned a Master's Degree in acting and directing from Teatro Emilia Romagna, she continued her career as an actress in Rome and Milan. Maddalena would go on to found "Racconti di Scena", a successful theater and event production company in Brescia. For her work, she has been awarded best director in Compagnie Bresciane al Teatro Santa Chiara. Maddalena is also the creator and artistic director of Shakespeare in Citta', an international festival inaugurated in 2008. In 2012, Maddalena was invited by Academy Award winning actor Martin Landau to become one of the few foreign finalists at the prestigious Actors Studio in Los Angeles where she continues to train. Maddalena was born in Savona and raised on her grandparent's vineyard in Tuscany. She currently makes her home in Los Angeles.
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