Angelina Jolie announces Jack O'Connell will play Louis Zamperini in film adaptation of "Unbroken"

Director Angelina Jolie has chosen Jack O’Connell to play Louis Zamperini in the film based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, Unbroken:
With the leading man and a release date announced Wednesday, the long-awaited film "Unbroken" about Torrance icon Louis Zamperini is officially a go.
British actor Jack O'Connell, 22, captured the starring role to portray Zamperini from the time he ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics through his years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after a plane crash during World War II.
"Jack is a wonderful actor who has a great deal in common with Lou's energy, spirit and ability to survive," said "Unbroken" producer Matthew Baer.
Universal also has announced that the film, directed by Angelina Jolie, is slated for release on Christmas Day, 2014.