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Angelina Jolie and the Coen brothers bait the Oscar committee with the Unbroken trailer

Fresh on the heels of Maleficent, her highest earning role ever, Angelina Jolie is taking on a decidedly different project: directing Unbroken, based on the true story of the late Olympic runner Louis Zamperini.

Unbroken, written by the Coen brothers, follows Zamperini, played by Jack O'Connell, as he's taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II after spending 47 days lost at sea. The film is based on Laura Hillebrand's book of the same name, and it also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Garrett Hedlund. Unbroken is scheduled for a December release, making it a prime Oscar candidate. Watch the moving trailer below. --Meghan DeMaria