October 16, 2014 8:43 PM EDT

Angelina Jolie is throwing her hat into the Oscar ring with Unbroken, her second movie behind the camera. The adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling biography follows former Olympic track star Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash during World War II, spent 47 days on adrift on a raft only to finally be captured by the Japanese and forced to spend years as a prisoner of war in internment camps.

The movie is set to hit theaters on Dec. 25.

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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