The film – backed by Universal Studios – is based on Laura Hillenvrand’s best-selling book and is the story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days in a life raft after a plane crash in World War II only to be imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. No pressure, the book has sat in the New York Times Best Seller List for 147 weeks :
It is Ms Jolie’s second foray into directing, after her 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Unbroken will be shot in regional NSW, Fox Studios in Sydney and Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The film is expected to create more than 300 jobs.
It stars Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini, emerging stars Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock.
Ms Jolie took several of her children scouting for locations around Tamworth earlier this year, visiting the Tamworth region, travelling to Werris Creek to look at a number of possible locations to be used in the film.
Ms Jolie’s partner, fellow actor Brad Pitt is expected to visit his family when he finishes filming a new movie, Fury, in the UK. Jolie is setting up camp in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Vaucluse for the 4 month shoot.