Saoirse Ronan has been cast as Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of a best-selling novel by Alice Sebold.
She joins Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling, who play her parents, in a film about a brutally murdered girl who watches events unfold from heaven. I'm hoping this is a return to PJ's Heavenly Creatures, which if you haven't seen it, run out and grab it. I believe it was that film, plus his FX work on The Frighteners and other films, that led him to working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I know, I know, we wish it were The Hobbit films (yes, there will be two, or at least some sort of other LOTR prequel), but to be honest, I want to see something a little more simple. I'm going to check out the book, which sounds dark, but intriguing!
Dreamworks is producing with Paramount set to distribute from a script by PJ, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. What's interesting was how the deal was made; a short time ago, PJ put the script and deal out to the studios with his directing attachment (except New Line Cinema, where the studio chief and PJ are having a battle) and DreamWorks bit. Production starts this October for a 2008 release, and I'll bet this is going to be an Oscar contender!
Stay tuned for more details!