The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel The Lovely Bones has officially hit the net and (visually speaking) it looks as if Jackson is once again bringing us something special.

Before you watch the trailer though, I must warn you: it does reveal elements of the film that could be considered SPOILERS for those “purists” out there who don’t like to know too much too soon.

Now that you’ve been fairly warned, continue on to see the trailer.

For those unfamiliar with Sebold’s novel, here is a quick synopsis of The Lovely Bones [SPOILER ALERT!]:

The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

So okay, obviously the “whodunit?” aspect of this movie is not meant to be a mystery. And if you’ve read the book, you know that the “who” is not so important as the “why” and the ramifications of what happens in wake of a brutal, violent and tragic occurrence.

But still, movie fans are a fickle bunch and I’m not trying to take any flack for SPOILING things for people, so if you don’t want to know who the murderer is until five minutes after the movie has started, then don’t watch this trailer. For the rest you, here is your first look at The Lovely Bones:

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Saoirse Ronan (the fantastic young actress from Atonement) as the lead character/dead girl narrator, Susie Salmon.

Visually, this film looks like Jackson’s most accomplished work to date – even better in some ways than Lord of The Rings. Susie’s “personal heaven” looks fantastic to behold and I can’t wait to see Jackson’s full interpretation of the semi-afterlife, dubbed here as “the in-between.”

However, is the film Academy Award material like some are already claiming? For my part I’ll have to wait and see the finished product.

The Lovely Bones is slated to hit theaters on December 11, 2009. Let us know what you thought about the trailer.

Source: Apple Movies