Billy Graham's grandson to play him in 'Unbroken' sequel

Evangelist Billy Graham's grandson, Will Graham, is going to play his grandfather on the big screen in the sequel to "Unbroken." The follow-up movie, which is titled "Unbroken: Path to Redemption," will pick up from where war hero Louis Zamperini discovered God.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)Billy Graham speaks during his New York Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in New York in 2005.

The younger Graham, 43, spoke with CBN News about the role he was playing in the faith-based film. He stated that he was not trying to fill his grandfather's shoes, who recently died of natural causes at 99 years old, but said there was a bigger reason why he agreed to the role.

"Knowing how God used Billy Graham in Louie Zamperini's life, I couldn't pass the opportunity to portray him in this inspiring story," Graham said. "If I just please the Lord, the Lord will take care of the rest."

Like his elders, Graham is also an evangelist and works in the organization that his departed grandfather established decades ago, which is now being managed by his father, Franklin. The younger Graham has traveled across America, as well as India, Australia, Asia and South America to preach the Gospel.

"Unbroken: Path to Redemption" follows the 2014 film that Angelina Jolie directed based on the book that Laura Hillenbrand wrote about Zamperini. Towards the end of the movie, Zamperini recovered from alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder because of the war, and he began listening to the Word of God through the elder Graham.

The sequel will attempt to put more focus on Zamperini's relationship with the famous evangelist. Apparently, viewers became disappointed that the first movie did not highlight the impact of Graham's evangelism in Zamperini's life.

Harold Cronk, the director of "God's Not Dead" will also helm "Unbroken: Path to Redemption." Pure Flix, Universal Pictures and the WTA Group, a faith-based marketing firm, will produce the sequel. The movie has no projected release date for now.

"The details of [Zamperini's] post-war struggles and ultimate redemption are so stirring," producer Matt Baer said. "They deserve to be told in a stand-alone project."