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Angelina Jolie to Direct 'Unbroken' World War II Flick

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Angelina Jolie is now a full-on director, ya heard?

After receiving moderate praise for her somewhat controversial Bosnian War love story "In the Land of Blood and Honey" Jolie's now set up to stretch her infamous leg(s) in the director's chair once more for Universal Pictures' upcoming World War II P.O.W. flick "Unbroken."

Based on the 2010 best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, the picture will tell the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner-turned-Air Force officer who survived 47 days at sea after his company's B-24 bomber plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, only to be captured and then tortured by the Japanese. Zamperini was eventually rescued and showered with medals and a warm welcome home and became an inspirational speaker and author.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jolie said in a statement about her selection, "I read Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book, and I was so moved by Louie Zamperini's heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film ... Louie is 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."

Studio co-chairs Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley spoke up about the decision to employ Jolie for the movie, stating, "In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition ... She has a real ability to illustrate the strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou's story of survival and great heroism."

The script for "Unbroken" was penned by "Les Misérables" scribe William Nicholson, so the awards season potential is already quite apparent with this project. Jolie, of course, won her first and only Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999 for "Girl, Interrupted," but with this move, she certainly stands a chance at doubling her golden get.

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