Garrett Hedlund has signed on for a role in the Angelina Jolie-helmed drama Unbroken for Universal. Jack O’Connell will star in the film about World War II hero Lou Zamperini. Taking place in 1943, Unbroken begins with Zamperini’s Air Force plane crashing in the Pacific. He survived without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks, aerial attacks, and hunger before washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines. After washing ashore he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors. Hedlund will play Commander John Fitzgerald, a fellow P.O.W.
Hedlund’s deal was more than a month in the works. Various scheduling conflicts kept the actor from closing. Unbroken is set to begin shooting in October. Jolie has surveyed various areas to shoot the film including Australia and Hawaii.
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Ethan and Joel Coen penned a recent draft of the screenplay, which is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller. Universal bought the rights to the book in January 2011. William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese worked on previous drafts before Jolie took the film’s reins in December. The movie is scheduled to open in December 2014 just prior to the cut-off for Oscar nominations.
Hedlund recently starred in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Universal had interest in the actor for the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey but the actor bowed out before a formal offer was made.
Jolie is producing Unbroken with Matthew Baer and Erin Stoff.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter