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Erin Strecker
July 11, 2013 AT 03:49 PM EDT

The movie adaptation of 2006 bestseller The Book Thief will be released November 15 of this year. Previously, the Fox movie adaptation of Markus Zusak’s story was expected to be released sometime in 2014; the earlier date suggests studio confidence and a possible awards-season bid.

The Book Thief, which in the novel form is narrated by “Death,” will star newcomer Sophie Nelisse as the titular heroine Liesel, a young girl who is shipped off to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors as well as with the Jewish man her parents are hiding in their basement.

The movie, directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), will also star Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

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