On Wednesday, Universal Studios released the first trailer for Unbroken, the true story of Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran Louis Zampherini. Though it won’t be released until Christmas day, film critics are already abuzz about the film.
Unbroken is based on a book of the same name written by Laura Hillenbrand (the author of Seabiscuit). The first part of the story focuses on a young boy’s journey to the Olympics, spurred by Zampherini’s talent for trouble.
“They started talking about what to do with me. And the police chief said, ‘We have been chasing him all over town for years, I suggest running,'” Zampherini explains in the trailer.
It was the obstacles he faced in competitive running that demonstrate his strength. This is also exemplified through his war story, in which Zampherini is stranded for 47 days in the Marshall Islands after a plane crash, only to finally be found and taken prisoner by the enemy.
The trailer itself has the feel of a documentary, with historic pictures and commentary from the real-life Zamperini accompanying the film clips. It also shows how Jolie came to be involved in the project, and is narrated by Tom Brokaw. British actor Jack O’Connell will star as Zampherini, with Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, and Jai Courtney in supporting roles.
Brokaw sums up the story best by saying, “The will to push through any obstacle, the drive never to give into defeat. These are the virtues that define the Olympic spirit, epitomized in the incredible story of former Olympian and American hero, Louis Zampherini.”
Watch Universal’s Unbroken trailer below: