THR has learnedtoday of some incredible casting to a long in development adaptation.
Brian Percival (“Downtown Abbey”) was hired a while ago to direct the adaptation of “The Book Thief,” and now he and Fox 2000 have found two strong leads: Emily Watson (“Red Dragon”) and Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”).
The amazing actors have 6 Oscar nominations between them, and will use their considerable talents to usher French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse (“Monsieur Lahzar”) into her first English-language film as the title character (I guess she steals a book).
Set during World War II in Germany, the story is about Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father (Rush), she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This seems like a pretty powerful story, and this fantastic cast is sure to do wonders for it.
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