Rachel Weisz the First to Join Jackson’s ‘Lovely Bones’

Rachel Weisz (pictured inside) has signed on to star in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones for DreamWorks, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Based on Alice Sebold’s 2002 best-seller, the story is told through the voice of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death. She witnesses the impact of her loss on her loved ones, while her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again. Weisz will play the mother of the dead girl, a role that Jackson and his writing team of Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh are expanding in their adaptation. The $80 million picture is scheduled to begin filming in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand with Jackson at the helm, and will be distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures.

Source: Hollywood Reporter