The incredible and inspirational story of Olympic track star and World War II veteran Louis Zamperini is coming to the big screen.

"Unbroken" was directed by Angelina Jolie and stars British actor Jack O'Connell as the war hero who spent 47 days stranded at sea after surviving a near-fatal plane crash during combat, and was later captured and tortured in a Japanese prison camp for more than two years.

Universal previewed scenes from the film at the Winter Olympics in Sochi back in February, with Zamperini himself telling his amazing tale. "To persevere, I think is important for everybody," said Zamperini. "Don't give up, don't give in. There's always an answer to everything."

Zamperini died July 2 at the age of 97 after a battle with pneumonia, E! News confirms.

"Unbroken" also stars Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleason and Jai Courtney, with a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen. It hits the big screen on Christmas Day, and here's the trailer.