Angelina JolieChris Pizzello/AP

No, it's not Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie is set to direct the WWII survival epic "Unbroken," the true story of Air Force pilot Lou Zamperini, who crashed in the Pacific and endured 47 days without food or water, only to become a Japanese prisoner of war for two years. According to Variety, relative unknown Jack O'Connell (below) has been tapped to star as Zamperini -- with the studio veering away from established stars like Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for budget reasons.

Jack O'ConnellMike Marsland/WireImage

"I've had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now -- I am proud to say -- a dear friend," said Jolie. "I am deeply honored to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves. I am grateful to Universal for making this film a priority."

Jolie is currently scouting locations in Hawaii, and the Coen brothers are revising the script, which is based on the Laura Hillenbrand book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption."

With production set to begin in September, "Unbroken" will target a Christmas 2014 release.

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