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    Angelina Jolie's Unbroken Nabs Garrett Hedlund for Pivotal Role in World War II Film

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    Angelina Jolie has scored a handsome hunk for her next directorial effort.

    Garrett Hedlund has signed on to play a pivotal role in the upcoming drama Unbroken, the actor's rep confirms to E! News.

    Unbroken tells the true story of former Olympian and real-life World War II hero Louis Zamperini who, as an Air Force pilot, crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 1943 and was subsequently taken captive by Japanese soldiers, who held him in a prison camp for the rest of the war.

    Hedlund will portray Commander John Fitzgerald, the leader of the prisoners in the camp where Zamperini was held, according to Variety, which first reported the casting.

    PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie spends afternoon with daughters Shiloh and Vivienne in Sydney

    Jack O'Connell, best known for his role on the British hit show Skins, will star as Zamperini.

    Shooting is set to begin next month in Australia, where Jolie has been spotted recently scouting locations.

    Unbroken is scheduled to be released in December 2014.

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