03:05 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 02/17/2014 09:45AM
Originally posted 10/10/2013 01:30PM
Angelina Jolie met Louis Zamperini, the 96-year-old former Olympic runner and World War II prisoner of war, last winter when she signed on to direct Unbroken, based on Zamperini's life.
The pair became fast friends.
"Angelina is a human dynamo, and I know she will tell this story in the right way," said Zamperini, a bombardier who survived 47 days adrift in a lifeboat after a plane crash – only to be taken prisoner by the Japanese. Author Laura Hillenbrand's biography, Unbroken, became a bestseller in 2010.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!