Angelina Jolie Goes Down Under For Next Film
Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie has chosen Australia in which to set her latest film.
In her second venture as a director, Jolie will use Sydney and rural parts of New South Wales as locations for Unbroken.
The film is based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, which tells the story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini.
He and two other crewmen survived in a raft for 47 days after a WWII plane crash, only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
The book was top of The New York Times bestseller list for more than 146 consecutive weeks and is one of the best-selling, non-fiction titles since the list began in 1942.
The film will star Jack O'Connell as Louis Zamperini, as well as rising stars Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock.
Unbroken is the latest in a series of large-scale production wins for New South Wales, with other recent successes including The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby and Lego.
NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner said the Universal Pictures production would inject millions of dollars into the state's economy and was expected to create 300 jobs for crew alone, with more for cast and extras.
"This great news confirms NSW's international status as Australia's premier location for large-scale film production and demonstrates the world-class standards of our film production industry," he said.
Jolie's first film as a director was In The Land Of Blood And Honey, a love story set against the backdrop of the war in the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina.