You know it’s officially the Awards Season Onslaught when the hard-hitting films hit the multiplex. Add Unbroken to the list of seriously heavy dramatic stories, with more than a dollop of real life. Gotta admit that I’m pulled in two directions with this film. On the one hand, I’m excited to see Jolie work with such a powerful story of survival. On the other hand, I’m really not looking forward to seeing approximately half of my genetic makeup be absolutely horrible to people for no good reason whatsoever. Even if it’s just a movie, Unbroken is definitely based on a true story. *shudders*
Stills from the film hit today, and who am I to turn ’em down? Hello sneak peek! So check ’em out, and read about the film after the jump….
Unbroken opens on Christmas Day, 2015.
Release date: December 25, 2014
Genre: Epic Drama
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Screenplay by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson
Based on the Book by: Laura Hillenbrand
Produced by: Angelina Jolie, Clayton Townsend, Matthew Baer, Erwin Stoff
Executive Producers: Mick Garris, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni
Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) 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.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac—the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific—Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”
The film is produced by Jolie, as well as Clayton Townsend (This Is 40), Matthew Baer (City by the Sea) and Erwin Stoff (The Day the Earth Stood Still). Leading the accomplished behind-the-scenes crew is 11-time Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall).
Academy Award® winners Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) rewrote the screenplay from earlier drafts by William Nicholson (Les Misérables) and Richard LaGravenese (HBO’s Behind the Candelabra).
Unbroken arrives in theaters on Christmas Day, 2014. http://www.unbrokenfilm.com