So much exciting news! The Book Thief by Markus Zusack is in the process of becoming a movie! You heard right - The Book Thief will be coming to theaters near you! COMMENCE FLAILING NOW! We've crossposted the Hollywood Reporter article below, but click here for the original post!
Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson to Star in The Book Thief Movie
By Borys Kit
Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are set to topline Fox 2000’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief. French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse, who appeared in Monsieur Lahzar, will make her English-language debut as the title character in the World War II drama being directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).
Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town) and Nico Liersch also are cast in the screen translation of the novel, which spent more than 280 weeks on best-seller charts.
Thief centers on Liesel (Nelisse), a spirited young girl who witnesses the horrors of Nazi Germany while in the care of foster parents (Rush and Watson). The girl arrives with a stolen book and begins collecting other tomes, learning to read while her stepparents harbor a Jewish refugee (Schnetzer) under the stairs.
Rush’s character first takes on the young girl for money but soon comes to love her. Watson’s character is described as being very tough on Liesel, but her kindness occasionally shows through.
The film is looking at a production start this month in Berlin. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing.
Rush received a 2011 Oscar nomination for his work in The King’s Speech, and his last major studio film appearance was in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He most recently starred in the European drama The Best Offer, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso).
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This article was originally published on Hollywoodreporter.com on Feb 4, 2013