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Cologne, Germany - The Book Thief, an adaptation of Markus Zusack's best-selling novel of the same name starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, has begun shooting in Germany at Studio Babelsberg. Brit director Brian Percival, whose credits include hit BBC period drama Downton Abbey, is helming the feature, which Fox 2000 Pictures is producing and which will shoot on location in Berlin, in the eastern German city of Gorlitz and in the surrounding countryside. Set in Germany during WWII, The Book Thief focuses on young Liesel, played by French actress Sophie Nelisse, who made her debut in Monsieur Lazhar (2011),

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