Jai Courtney Gets Roles in Jolie's 'Unbroken' & Crowe's 'Water Diviner'
by Ethan Anderton
October 25, 2013
Following a somewhat breakthrough performance in the action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard, actor Jai Courtney redeemed himself a bit with a decent but forgettable performance in Jack Reacher. Next year we'll see him in Divergent with Shailene Woodley, but it sounds like he has his sights set on doing some real acting in the future. Deadline has word that Courtney has landed roles in Angelina Jolie's real-life drama Unbroken and Russell Crowe's directorial debut The Water Diviner. Maybe Courtney has surprising dramatic talent hiding up his sleeve? Or maybe he just has small roles that won't make or break the films.
The Water Diviner is a period drama scripted by Australian television writing duo Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. The story follows an Australian patriarch who journeys to Turkey in order to find his two sons who went missing aft the battle of Gallipoli in 1919. Crowe is also starring in the film with Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), and Courtney will take the role of Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Hilton, the smart, efficient soldier tasked with organizing the effort to identify the tens of thousands of soldiers killed at Gallipoli. That definitely sounds like a solid opportunity for Courtney.
Meanwhile, Jolie's Unbroken follows Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who became a prisoner of war in World War II after his plane crashed in the Pacific, forcing him to endure near starvation and dehydration, shark attacks, enemy fighters and more for 47 days. After barely surviving all those elements, Zamperini washed on the shore of a Japanese island behind enemy lines and was held prisoner for two years, tortured by his captors. Courtney will play Hugh "Cup" Cuppernell, a World War II pilot who engages in a midair gunfight with Zamperini at his side. Let's hope Courtney brings his A-game to these two projects.