Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson has complimented director Angelina Jolie for her work on forthcoming war drama Unbroken. The Irish actor stars in the biopic of Louis Zamperini and praised Jolie for "getting stuck in."

Domhnall Gleeson FrankMaggie Gyllenhaal [L], Michael Fassbender [Centre] and Domhnall Gleeson [R] in 'Frank'

"She likes to get stuck in. She's some woman. She's great," he told the Press Association of Angelina.

The 30-year-old continued: "She was everything you want from a great director, you know. She was caring and present - she has a lot of drive and talent and all of those things you need people to be if you really trust the director, and I totally trusted her."

"I think that's about as high a compliment an actor could give a director."

More: Fassbender wears a weird mask in 'Frank' - and the critics love it

Domhnall is on a career high at the moment, having been cast in JJ Abrams' new Star Wars movie, said to be titled The Ancient Fear. He also stars alongside Michael Fassbender in indie-flick 'Frank' about an aspiring young musician who joins a band, dreaming ofd stardom.

Star Wars Script read throughDomhnall Gleeson [Bottom centre, hoodie], at the Star Wars Episode VII read-through

Gleeson - the son of actor Brendan Gleeson - admitted it wasn't easy learning to play the keyboard for the role.

"I can play the fiddle, the traditional classical instrument, a little bit but I had to learn keyboards for the film. So that was tough, but I learnt what I needed to know and not much else," he said.

He added: "We got to rock out a little bit so that was cool."

Frank opens in cinemas in the UK on May 9. 

Unbroken - which follows the story of Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II - is released on Christmas Day 2014. 

More: Domhnall Gleeson still in shock over Star Wars role