Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Rumors have swirled that Downtown Abbey director Brian Percival would helm this movie project, but it has not been confirmed.

The movie studio has recruited Sophie Nelisse to play the title character of Liesel Meminger. Oscar-nominated actor Geoffrey Rush and War Horse actress Emily Watson will portray Liesel’s foster parents.

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