Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Latest Expendables 3 Trailer Wants To Punch Your Eyes
Bang and blame
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
18 May 2014
Hugh Dancy Set For The Happy Prince
He's on for the Oscar Wilde film
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Belle (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Book Thief (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Book Thief (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Eye Of The Storm (2013)
Empire Star Rating
War Horse (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

New Book Thief Trailer Lands
'Words are life'

22 August 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Apple Trailers

submit to reddit



Set in Third Reich-era Germany, Markus Zusak's much-loved novel The Book Thief is coming to the big screen in a flurry of coming-of-age emotion. It has an Oscar season release date and
a brand new trailer, freshly launched over at Apple, each as wintry as the other.

The period detail is rich and there's some stellar acting talent on display here. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play the foster parents of orphan Liesel Meminger, but Sophie Nélisse, with only Monsieur Lazhar to her name, looks likely to be the star of the show as young Liesel.

Living with her new family, the Hubermanns, Liesel befriends Jewish fistfighter Max (Ben Schnetzer), 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 muddy-kneed scamp Rudy (Nico Liersch). The story traces Liesel's personal development, both through her relationships and through the books she steals and reads, all against the backdrop of the Nazi state. She eventually writes the story of her own life, as the War gets closer and closer to home.

If you've read The Book Thief, you'll probably be wondering how 20th Century Fox's adaptation wrestles with the book's device of having the character of Death narrate the story. There's no sign of the Reaper here either, but the filmmakers are promising to honour that mechanic with an appearance. And not, we'd hazard, for a game of Battleship.

The Book Thief
will be jimmying open the window of your local cinema on January 31, 2014, or November 15, 2013, if you're in the US.


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

Peter Hewitt Goes To The Wonder
Fantasy adventure kickstarts five-film deal
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Michel Gondry Talks Mood Indigo
Gondry on Bjork, erections and Mark Ruffalo in his pants

Everything You Need To Know About The Dragonriders Of Pern
The lowdown on Warner Bros. new fantasy sci-fi

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)