Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken has been out for nearly two months now, and is garnering rave reviews everywhere. Louis Zamperini’s story is the type of sweeping saga that practically begs for a film adaptation—as Hillenbrand told us herself in an interview, “So much of his life is spectacular—his races, air combat, a plane crash, his time on the raft—and would translate beautifully to film.”
Movie execs have agreed ever since Zamperini’s autobiography, Devil at My Heels, was first optioned by Universal Pictures in 1957—though despite interest in the role from stars like Tony Curtis and Nicholas Cage, no film was ever made. Now, the same studio has optioned Unbroken, and Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence is currently attached to direct.
I know a lot of you have read Unbroken and know Zamperini’s story—anyone have a pick for who should play him in the film?