Kristen Wiig Confirmed for ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES; Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nelisse Join THE BOOK THIEF Adaptation

     February 4, 2013

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Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner are all set to return for Anchorman: The Legend Continues.  Kristen Wiig was rumored to join the cast as Carell’s love interest, an item that just became fact as director Adam McKay confirmed the casting on Twitter:

Anchorman: The Legend Continues, set for release on December 20, 2013, picks up with the San Diego news crew at the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle.

Hit the jump for a casting update for the adaptation of The Book Thief.

sophie nelisse book thiefIt was announced about this time last year that Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) will direct the Book Thief adaptation.  Ever since Markus Zusak‘s novel has been burning a hole in my Kindle because— my god, look at that cover.  As I keep close tabs on the Fox 2000 project, the first casting announcement is very encouraging: THR reports that Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and their combined six Oscar nominations will topline The Book Thief.  French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lahzar) will make her English-language debut as the title character.  Ben Schnetzer and Nico Liersch have also joined the cast.  Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing the WWII drama with plans to start shooting later this month in Berlin.

Here’s the book synopsis:

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. [Amazon]



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