Actress Angelina Jolie is the latest big name to be associated with the film version of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestseller, Unbroken. She's in talks with Universal to direct the compelling life story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete-turned-POW and all-around survivor.

Like everyone else who's read Hillenbrand's powerful tale of Zamperini's stranger-than-fiction life, Jolie was moved by it, saying that she found him to be “a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.” Jolie's first film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, an independent project, was also about the legacy of war. The film version of Unbroken would be her directorial debut with a major studio.

Related in BookPage: Read our review of Unbroken and our Q&A with Hillenbrand.

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