The Book Thief - Trailer
The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.PT2M31S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2slja 620 349 August 26, 2013
The phrase Oscar-bait is being thrown around, with the imminent arrival of Hollywood’s take on the award-winning The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak.
The first trailer has just been released for the film, which stars Geoffrey Rush and was directed by Downton Abbey’s Brian Percival. And as some online commentators have already pointed out, the story is exactly the sort of thing that wins awards: a moving, inspirational yarn about a young orphan girl growing up in Nazi Germany, who steals books and befriends a Jewish man hiding in the basement.
But there are also signs that the studio was taken by surprise by the film's potential. Fox had originally slated it for release in January, but brought the date forward to mid-November, in time for consideration for an Academy Award nomination.
However, that release date also pits the film against stiff competition for young adult eyeballs, hitting screens in the same month as the second Hunger Games movie.
The Book Thief was a big and unexpected international success for Zusak, and the movie is already a winner in his eyes. On his blog, the Sydney-based author wrote that after seeing the trailer for the first time he was almost brought to tears.
"It looks absolutely stunning and it's very hard to hold the emotion at bay," he wrote. "(The cast) all look magnificent."
Zusak also revealed that, as in the book, the film will be narrated by Death.