The Book Thief Movie: Meet Liesel, Max, Hans & Rosa!
We finally have some casting news for the Fox 2000 film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the news!
Relative newcomer Sophie Nelisse, a French-Canadian actress best known for her award-winning role in Monsieur Lahzar, will make her English language debut in the role of our kind-hearted and stubborn book-lover Liesel.
Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town) will have the honor of portraying Max Vandenburg, aka “the Jewish fist fighter” and the creator of illustrated stories that make our hearts break.
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) will play Liesel’s adoptive father Hans. Obviously he has the acting chops to pull off this beloved kind-hearted character.
Emily Watson (Anna Karenina) will play Liesel’s adoptive mother Rosa. Emily pretty much always brings her A-game, so I’m sure she’ll do our wooden spoon-loving Rosa proud.
We have also learned that actor Nico Liersch has a role in the film, though reports do not specify which character he will play. Based on his looks and age, the best guess is Rudy Steiner, Liesel’s best friend and favorite Saukerl (pig boy).
The Book Thief begins filming in Berlin this month, with Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato producing and Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) directing.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:
Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever they are to be found.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel 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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter