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Watch: Trailer & New Pics From Potential Oscar Contender 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 22, 2013 10:26 AM
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While many folks are furiously updating and upgrading their Oscar predictions as festival season gets underway, the thing is we're barely into the swing of the awards season, and more crucially, most of the films have yet to be seen. Some are going to flop, others are going to be expectedly great while a small handful more will truly surprise. Is "The Book Thief" from "Downton Abbey" director Brian Percival, going to be one of those that sneaks into contention?

Well, Fox are certainly showing their hand with this first trailer for the film that makes no mistake that they are also the studio that brought you last year's "Life Of Pi" (the promo for "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" also dealt that card). An adaptation of the best-selling novel by Marcus Zusak (it spent over 280 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list), the film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and “Monsieur Lazhar” youngster Sophie Nelisse, in the tale of a young girl, living outside Munich during WWII with her foster parents, who has to help hide a Jewish refugee in their home. Add to that a subplot about the reading and the power of the printed word, and you could have some Oscar bait, with the filmmakers already praising Nelisse's performance.

"It's a big ask to have someone that age carry such a key role. If Sophie didn't get it right, everyone else would have struggled around her. Fortunately, she just nailed it," the director told USA Today.

"The Book Thief" arrives in theaters on November 15th, and will be powered by a score from John Williams. Check out the trailer and new images from the movie below.


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2 Comments

  • Mary | August 22, 2013 7:52 PMReply

    The most brilliant aspect of the novel is that it's narrated by Death. He's drawn as this critical, expansive character who sees to the very core of humanity. The trailer makes me worry that they couldn't find a way to translate that to the film.

    But, I have my fingers crossed it's just indicative of the fact that they couldn't find a way to translate it to the trailer...

  • Duddi | August 22, 2013 7:09 PMReply

    Looks promising !!! Rush & Watson look like a great pair !!! Too bad that "The Best Offer" is going somehow under the radar !!!

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