Many movie goers and entertainment fans don’t recognize the name Louis Zamperini, or they recognize the name but only know that he was a World War II hero and a former Olympian.
This December they will know a lot more about Zamperini’s life. Angelina Jolie is currently filming the movie “Unbroken” based on the book by the same name by Laura Hillenbrand. Unfortunately, Louis Zamperini has passed away.
The film will tell the epic true story of Zamperini, an Olympic runner who along with two other cremates following a plane crash in the Pacific survives 47 days on a raft only to be rescued by the Japanese and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
“Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge. He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days,” said his family via a released statement.
Zamperini was 97 years old. A new trailer for the film is expected shortly and there are early rumblings that the picture could net Angelina Jolie a Best Director Oscar nomination. Jolie has previously directed two other films, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and the documentary “A Place in Time”. She is also set to appear in Salt 2 which was announced.