Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Take a survey for the chance to win an iPad
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Chris Pine Circles A Key Role In Wonder Woman
Warner Bros. has him in talks to be Steve Trevor
Jason Reitman Finds Beekle For DreamWorks Animation
He has an animated, 'Unimaginary' friend
Tilda Swinton In Talks For Doctor Strange
She may school Benedict Cumberbatch in the mystic arts
Transformers Writing Team Developing Cybertron-Based Origin Story
As Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari join up
Jesse Plemons And More Join Tom Cruise In Mena
Caleb Landry Jones and Benito Martinez among those boarding the drug drama
First Trailer For A Walk In The Woods
Robert Redford wants one last adventure
Inside Out Set For The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival
Robert Carlyle's The Legend Of Barney Thompson will kick things off
The End Of The Tour Has A First Promo
Jason Segel channels David Foster Wallace
Trailer For The New Point Break Arrives
Bodhi and the gang get bootylicious
Fox Now Plans Movie Reboot For The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
We're waiting to be impressed
Richard Loncraine Begins Finding Your Feet
Directing the senior citizen rom-com
Marko Mäkilaakso Adapts It Came From The Desert
While Taneli Mustonen Heads For Bodom
RZA To Direct Azealia Banks In Coco
Common to co-star
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
14 May 2015
Armie Hammer Joins Art Drama Final Portrait
Stanley Tucci's new directing job
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
A Royal Night Out (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Testament Of Youth (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Theory Of Everything (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Belle (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Book Thief (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Geoffrey Rush Catches The Book Thief
Co-starring with Emily Watson

05 February 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

 

Eight years after its publication, Marcus Zusak's bestseller The Book Thief is finally making its way to the screen under the supervision of director Brian Percival (best known for his British TV drama work, including Downton Abbey). With production gearing up, the cast is now coming together, with Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson headlining. French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lahzar) has also grabbed a lead role.

Set in Germany during World War II, The Book Thief is narrated by a benign Grim Reaper, who takes a lifelong (if you'll pardon the pun) interest in Liesel Meminger.

Liesel is sent to live with foster parents to distance her from her Communist parents, whose political sympathies will make them targets of the Nazi regime. Living with her new family, the Hubermanns, she befriends Jewish fistfighter Max, who's being hidden in the Hubermans' cellar; the mayor's wife Ilsa, who gives Liesel the run of her library; and various local children, including the tragic Rudy. The novel traces Liesel's personal development, both through her relationships and through the books she reads. She eventually writes the story of her own life, as the war gets closer and closer to home. 

Zusak started out as a children's writer, and The Book Thief is one of those novels that straddles the age gap, given two covers and kept on both the adult and kids' shelves in bookshops. First published in 2005, it won numerous awards, and spent more than five years on the New York Times betseller lists.

Nelisse gets to be Liesel, with Rush and Watson playing the Hubermans. Ben Schnetzer (TV's Happy Town) and young German actor Nico Liersch are also confirmed for as-yet unspecified roles (although Max and Rudy seem likely). Michael Petroni (The Rite) wrote the screenplay, and shooting starts later this month in Berlin.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Stephen Kay Shoots 6 Bullets From Now
New York thriller for Anarchy director
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie
Is there a doctor in the house?

Who Are The New Mutants?
Fox’s X-Men spin-off features a bunch of fresh faces. Here’s what you need to know...

Stoical Supermen: 10 Quiet Heroes That Get Stuff Done
Silent but deadly...

Ana Lily Amirpour On A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
'There's nothing sexier than a vampire...'

Rick Baker: Creature By Creature
The make-up effects titan on his greatest creations

12 Of The Weirdest Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Done On Camera
Outside of his movies, that is...

Spooks: An Oral History
Cast and crew on the spy smash

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)