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Domhnall Gleeson Added To Unbroken
Finn Wittrock also aboard Angelina Jolie's next directing gig

22 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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Clearly deciding that today is the day to cast people who sound like they're Hunger Games characters, Angelina Jolie has added Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock to the cast of her next directing job, Unbroken.

The film, which boasts a script featuring contributions from the likes of Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson and which was more recently polished by the Coens, is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s book about American track star Louis Zamperini.

Harry Brown’s Jack O’Connell is set to play the lead, embodying the LA high school athlete who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. During World War II, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific. He survived without food and water for 28 days, enduring shark attacks, strafings and hunger. He finally washed ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors.

Gleeson and Wittrock will be Phil and Mac, who were also part of the plane crew and ended up in the life raft with Zamperini. Universal will be glad when Jolie starts shooting this one, as the studio has held the life rights to the story since 1957. Pull yer finger out!

Wittrock will be seen in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale. Gleeson is the main man in Richard Curtis’ About Time (out September 4), has worked on Frank with Michael Fassbender and is shooting Ex Machina with director Alex Garland.


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