Trailer to Angelina Jolie's Unbroken looks great

Last updated 11:48 11/07/2014

Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survive in a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese Navy.

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The first official trailer for Angelina Jolie's emotionally rousing Unbroken has been released, five months after wrapping its Australian shoot.

It's based on the true story of WWII hero Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who joined the Air Force in 1941 and survived on a raft for 47 days after his plane was shot down, only to be captured by the Japanese.

The trailer begins with that fateful flight, before dipping back into Zamperini's childhood and tracking his life - showing his training for the Olympics, enlisting in the army, the crash, and a glimpse at some of the torture and pain Zamperini had to endure in the Japanese POW camp.

Directed by Jolie, it was shot around Australia, in spots including Sydney's Cockatoo Island, and also stars Garrett Hedlund and Australian actor Jai Courtney.

The trailer debuts just over a week after Zamperini's death on July 2 at age 97.

Unbroken is set for release early next year. 

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