Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are set to star in an adaptation of Markus Zusak's World War II drama novel "The Book Thief" at Fox 2000.
Sophie Nelisse ("Monsieur Lahzar") plays a spirited young girl named Liesel who witnesses the horrors of Nazi Germany while in the care of foster parents (Rush, Watson).
The girl arrives with a stolen book and begins collecting other tomes, learning to read while her stepparents harbor a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) under the stairs. Nico Liersch also stars.
Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") directs the project which begins filming later this month in Berlin. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing.