‘The Book Thief': Watch the Emotional Trailer for Geoffrey Rush’s Likely Oscar Contender

Marcus Zuzak’s The Book Thief is about as challenging a YA novel as any out there: it’s like a Mrs. Miniver in reverse, a Nazi Germany-set tale about a young girl named Liesel and her experience during World War II hiding a Jewish man in her family’s cellar. Oh, and it’s narrated by Death. So, yeah, pretty ambitious. And as adapted by Downton Abbey director Brian Percival, the movie version of the story, out Nov. 15 and starring Sophie Nelisse as Liesel and Geoffrey Rush as her adopted father Hans, could be a sleeper Oscar contender. The first trailer, anyway, looks very, very impressive. Check it out!

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Editor/Interactive Content Director Christian Blauvelt is Hollywood.com’s expert for all things geek. Can’t tell the difference between a Kowakian monkey lizard and a Krayt dragon? Don’t know whether to order a raktajino or a Romulan Ale from your Ferengi barman? He’s your geek! This knowledge was acquired over many years of rigorous training during his youth on the swamp planet St. Petersburg, FL. Think of him like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike but with entertainment journalism in place of the custom furniture ambitions and minus the washboard abs. A stint on the ice planet Hoth (Northwestern University) finally led to him coming to Coruscant (New York City), where he helps share his knowledge with you all. He will desperately try to avoid puns like, "Set phasers for phun!"