Angelina Jolie's first 'Unbroken' image

Angelina Jolie has released the first picture from her directorial effortUnbroken.

It's a photo of the director with the inspiration of the story, Louis "Louie" Zamperini. The famed Olympic long-distance runner survived brutal conditions as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II.

Jolie and and Zamperini are actually neighbors in the Hollywood Hills and have become close friends over the film's development.

Zamperini even gave Jolie a golden running shoe pendant, a prize from one of his earliest race. Jolie will wear it every day as she helms the film in Australia.

In a release with the photo, Jolie said of her subject: "It will be hard to make a film worthy of this great man. I am deeply honored to have the chance and will do all I can to bring Louie's inspiring story to life... He has made me a better person."

Zamperini referred to Jolie as "a human dynamo."

"I know she will tell this story in the right way," he added.

Zamperini's story was made into a best-selling book by author Laura Hillenbrand.

Jack O'Connell will appear as Louis Zamperini in the film arriving in theaters Christmas Day, 2014.


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