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Angelina Jolie Casts Japanese Musician Miyavi as 'Unbroken' Villain!

Angelina Jolie has just cast Japanese singer and guitarist Miyavi as the villain in her upcoming highly anticipated film Unbroken!

The role – Mutsushiro Watanabe, also known as “The Bird” – is the guard who made it his mission to break the spirit of Lou Zamperini, and who haunted the athlete-turned-POW’s every step after he was captured in WWII, according to Deadline.

Production is set to begin in two weeks in Australia, and will be released on December 25, 2014.

In case you missed it, check out this pic of Angelina leaning on real life Olympic runner and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Lou‘s story inspired the plot for Unbroken.

Jack O'Connell: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Star!

Jack O’Connell has just landed the leading role in Angelina Jolie‘s upcoming Universal project Unbroken!

The 22-year-old British actor, who is best known for his work on Skins, will portray the role of real-life World War II hero Lou Zamperini, according to THR.

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The film just also was assigned a release date of Christmas day, 2014. We can’t wait to check it out!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Jack O’Connell taking on the leading role in Unbroken???

Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Gets Release Date!

Great news Angelina Jolie fans – her upcoming movie Unbroken, which she will be directing, has been given a release date by Universal!

The 38-year-old actress and director’s film will hit theaters on Christmas Day in 2014.

“I’ve had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now—I am proud to say—a dear friend,” Angelina said in a statement. “I am deeply honored to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves. I am grateful to Universal for making this film a priority.”

Based on the book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” the movie is set to begin production in September of this year.

Angelina Jolie Directing 'Unbroken', Story of Louis Zamperini

Angelina Jolie is in final negotiations to direct the upcoming film Unbroken, the story of Olympian-turned-World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, according to Deadline.

“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,” the 37-year-old filmmaker said in a statement. “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.”

“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,” Universal Pictures heads Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said in a statement. “She has a real ability to illustrate he strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”

Unbroken will be Angelina‘s second feature as a director after last year’s In the Land of Blood and Honey.

FYI: Today is Angie‘s partner Brad Pitt‘s 49th birthday! Hope it is a great one!

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