Actress Angelina Jolie has been cleared by a judge of ‘stealing’ the story for her 2011 film In The Land Of Blood and Honey from a book by a Croatian author.

James Braddock had launched a lawsuit against Jolie in 2011, saying that her film – which was her directorial debut – had been ‘partly based’ on his novel The Soul Shattering.

The film told the story of a Bosnian Serb soldier who is reunited with his former lover – a Bosnian Muslim being held in a prison camp – at the height of the country’s war in the 1990s.

The Soul Shattering, meanwhile, focused on a Bosnian woman’s fight for survival while held captive in a prison camp during the war.

However a Los Angeles district judge has ruled in Jolie’s favour, saying that while the two works may have certain plot elements in common, they were not ‘substantitally’ similar.

Braddock has also been ordered to tell the court why his complaint against the star should not be dismissed with prejudice.

Jolie, meanwhile, is gearing up for her second effort as director.

This time she will tackle the screen adaptation of the 2010 best-seller Unbroken, which tells the story story of Second World War hero Lou Zamperini.

The former Olympic athlete gained notoriety after he crash-landed in the Pacific in 1943 and survived 47 days with virtually no food or water before being taken prisoner by the Japanese.

The Coen Brothers are currently working on the screenplay for the adaptation, although casting details have yet to be confirmed.

Jolie will also be seen in the upcoming blockbuster Maleficent, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the wicked witch’s point of view.