Rush Steals Our Hearts in 'Book Thief' Trailer

Rush Steals Our Hearts in 'Book Thief' Trailer

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 Nélisse, 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.