Angelina Jolie to direct `Unbroken`

Updated: Jul 11, 2013, 14:15 PM IST

Los Angeles: Actress Angelina Jolie will be donning the director`s cap once again with `Unbroken`, which will star British actor Jack O`Connell in the lead.

Jolie, 37, will begin filming for the World War II-era drama this fall and was seen scouting for locations in Hawaii, reported Us magazine.

The tale will follow the life story of Olympian and war hero Louis `Louis` Zamperini (O`Connell) as he survives a fatal plane crash aboard a raft for 47 days before being captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

"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. 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," Jolie said in a statement.

Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen - who took home the top prize for `No Country for Old Men` in 2008 - will be adapting the script, based on a novel by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand called `Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption`.

Jolie`s first film was 2011`s `In the Land of Blood and Honey`, which told the story of Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs in the Bosnian War.

`Unbroken` will mark Jolie`s first major project since undergoing a double mastectomy earlier this year.

PTI