Angelina Jolie's Unbroken: Watch the Powerful Trailer for the WWII Film

Get a sneak peak of the Louis Zamperini biopic

By Gabi Duncan Jul 10, 2014 9:28 PMTags

The poignant and moving official trailer for Unbroken is here.

The Angelina Jolie-directed biopic chronicles the life of Olympic track star and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini.

The war hero—played by British actor Jack O'Connell—survived a near-fatal plane crash during combat and 47 days stranded at sea before being captured, imprisoned and brutalized. The powerful clip shows his transition from childhood to becoming a champion athlete to enduring intense, unspeakable torture in a Japanese camp for over two years.

"If I can take it, I can make it," he says in the trailer, proving his truly unbreakable spirit.

Universal Pictures

Back in February, Universal Pictures previewed footage from the film at the Sochi Winter Olympics, with Zamperini talking about his incredible story. "To persevere, I think is important for everybody. Don't give up, don't give in. There's always an answer to everything," he said.

Unfortunately, Zamperini won't be able to see the influence his movie and its message will have on viewers. E! News confirmed that he passed away on July 2 at the age of 97 after a battle with pneumonia.

"It is a loss impossible to describe," Jolie told NBC News in a statement. "We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him. We will miss him terribly."

The film also stars Garrett HedlundDomhnall Gleeson and Jai Courtney, and was co-written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

This will be the 39-year-old Oscar winner's third directorial effort, after 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey and the 2007 documentary A Place in Time.

Unbroken hits theaters Christmas Day.

(E! and Universal Pictures are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)