In what is shaping up to be a year full of splashy young adult film adaptations vying to be blockbusters -- including "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone,"
-- the adaptation of Markus Zusak's contemporary classic "The Book Thief" is flying under the radar.
Directed by the Emmy-winning Brian Percival (
Nélisse beat out thousands of actresses for the role. "It was quite uncanny, this kid," Percival told
And although the subject matter is heavy (this book about
"There were some tough scenes to do, but she would always prick the bubble after and make me laugh," said Rush.
A theatrical version of the book was produced by
It appears that Fox is high on the film as well, as it has been quietly moved to a Nov. 15 release date, a prime time for Oscar-friendly films. If the film gets anywhere near the emotion of Zusak's bestselling, school reading list perennial, it will be a formidable competitor.