Rush Steals Our Hearts in 'Book Thief' Trailer

by Zach Seemayer 5:56 AM PDT, August 22, 2013

Author Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, which is simultaneously the saddest and most heart-warming novel you could ever read, has found its way onto the big screen.

Luminary actor Geoffrey Rush has been tasked with guiding us through the gut-wrenching horrors of World War II Germany, and inspiring us to hope for a better world guided by literature and intellect.

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The story follows a young, adopted girl named Liesel, played by newcomer Sophie NĂ©lisse, as she comes to live with her new parents, played by Rush and Emily Watson.

Things change quickly for Liesel, living in a new place and a new city, especially when Rush's character rescues a young Jewish man, fleeing the tyranny of the Nazis, by hiding him in the basement.

The Book Thief is helmed by the Emmy-winning director Brian Percival, who has received critical acclaim for directing several episodes of Downton Abbey.

This first trailer gives us a beautiful first glimpse of the powerful and poignant film, which is scheduled to hit theaters November 15.