jolie-new-director-gig.jpgAngelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, a film chronicling the life of Olympic runner and 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 Oscar winner 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.”

Universal Pictures added, "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 he strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”

Angelina made her directorial debut in 2012 with her film about the Bosnian war, In the Land of Blood and Honey.