Wednesday 19 June 2019

Domhnall Gleeson shines in new trailer for Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

Domhnall Gleeson and Jack O'Connell in Unbroken
Domhnall Gleeson and Jack O'Connell in Unbroken
Domhnall Gleeson in Unbroken
Domhnall Gleeson in Unbroken
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish actors Domhnall Gleeson features prominently in a new trailer for Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie.

The film is based on screenplay by the Coen Brothers and tells the story of American Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

Zamperini, who died recently, was a runner who competed in the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 in front of Adolf Hitler, before signing up to serve as a soldier in World War II.

After his plane crashed into the ocean, he survived for over 40 days with little food or water but was later rescued by the enemy and taken prisoner by Japanese forces, where he was severely beaten and mistreated.

Jack O'Connell, who recently wowed in Belfast-set thriller '71 plays Zamperini whilst Gleeson plays Russell Allen Philips, his co-pilot who also survived the plane crash.

When Zamperini was later freed, Zamperini suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and became a born-again Christian. He later launched a second career as an inspirational speaker.

Jolie, who was neighbours with Zamperini in the Hollywood Hills, had become close friends with the Olympian over the development of the film.

Unbroken marks Jolie’s second directional outing, following 2011’s In the Land of Milk and Honey.

The film has already been tipped by some critics to win and Oscar, and is released in time for the awards season.

Unbroken will be released on 26 December 2014.

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