Angelina Jolie, Jack O'Connell

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Angelina Jolie has landed her new leading man for her upcoming flick Unbroken.

Jack O'Connell, best known for his role on the British hit show Skins, will star as the real-life World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

The story follows the true story of the former Olympian 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.

"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," Jolie said in a statement announcing her involvement in the project.

"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."

Unbroken will be Jolie's follow-up to her 2011 directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey.

The 22-year-old British actor is also set to appear in the highly anticipated 300: Rise of an Empire, which will be released next year. O'Connell undoubtedly beat out numerous other upcoming actors for the coveted role.

Jolie has been in Hawaii to scout locations and make set arrangements.

The actress appeared stylish in a black jumpsuit as she scoured the forested areas of Oahu along with a team of people.

She shielded herself from the sun as much as possible with a wide-brimmed fedora hat and sunglasses, and managed to look chicer than ever while on the job.

Jolie is teaming up with Joel and Ethan Coen for the film. The famous brothers penned the latest version of the screenplay based off of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 best-selling book.

The addition of the Coens could be just the kind of critical cred Jolie needs to boost Unbroken's prospects: Between them, the brothers have racked up 14 Oscar nominations and have collectively won four times, including screenplay honors for Fargo and No Country for Old Men.

This is shaping up to be quite a film!

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