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Jack O'Connell Takes Lead In Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken,' Film Slated For Oscar Season 2014 Release

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 10, 2013 3:22 PM
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Dev Patel, Kaya Scoledario and Nicholas Hoult can all thank BBC's "Skins" for their career breakthroughs, and now Jack O'Connell can do the same. He's touted for a part in next year's sequel "300: Rise Of An Empire," but it looks like he's already making the leap to an awards season player.

The actor has landed the lead role in Angelina Jolie's sophomore directorial effort "Unbroken." Based on a true story, O'Connell beat out Dane DeHaan and some dude named Alexander Dreymon to play Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian who endured medical experiments, slave labor, and brutal beatings as a Japanese POW during WWII. He became the target of one sadistic guard in particular, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, whose goal it was to break Zamperini. He endured his harsh punishment right though until the end of the war, but later suffered terrifying nightmares and alcoholism, but on the verge of losing everything, he found God and forgave his captors.

Sounds like meaty, Oscar sizzle reel stuff, and Universal thinks so too, as they've booked the movie to hit theatres on December 25, 2014. [The Wrap]

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  • Mr Anonymous | July 10, 2013 11:28 PMReply

    Skins is a UK show shown on Channel 4 in the UK.

    Not a BBC production nor has it ever been shown on BBC Television in the UK.

  • River | July 10, 2013 7:16 PMReply

    Good for him. Losing Beautiful Creatures may have been a huge blessing in disguise. And he was freakin' fantastic on Skins.

  • Real | July 10, 2013 6:12 PMReply

    Also Skins is a Channel 4 programme. Nothing to do with the BBC.

  • Real | July 10, 2013 5:52 PMReply

    Jack O'Connell used to be such a nasty chav. Never would have thought he'd have come this far career-wise but seems like he's finally matured and is taking his career seriously.

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