In the highly anticipated drama The Book Thief, Jewish refugee Liesel Meminger escapes from the horrors of World War II Germany by reading books that she steals and shares with others. The movie, which is narrated by Death, includes plenty of interesting characters, including a Jewish fist fighter who hides in Liesel’s home as the war rages on.
The Book Thief is based on Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel of the same name. The cast stars newcomer Sophie Nélisse as Liesel and Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as her foster parents. The young Nélise, a French Canadian actress making her English-speaking film debut, was discovered through a worldwide talent search. Check out the trailer at the top of this article to judge for yourself whether the producers made the right decision.
Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) directed the film. The screen adaptation is by Michael Petroni, best known for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
The Book Thief hits theaters Nov. 15, 2013.
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