Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse and Geoffrey Rush 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).
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 Blancatoare producing.
Credits to Hollywood Reporter
I can't be more excited to read this article and I thought I share the news. I have heard so many good things about the book but still haven't had the chance of reading it. Books getting movie deals isn't really new in the business, the only thing I can think of what the producers have in mind by doing this movie is because it's a good material. I'm a firm believer that this movie will do good, as well as other books being movies. I can't judge the cast since I still haven't read the book... yet but it seems that they have a good ensemble of actor and actress. I'll make sure to read the book first before the movie comes out!
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