The Lovely Bones 2009

The Lovely Bones is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Alice Sebold, set for release on December 11, 2009. The film was directed by Peter Jackson and stars actress Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon, with Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg as her parents, Susan Sarandon as her grandmother and Stanley Tucci as George Harvey, her murderer.

Feature rights to Sebold’s novel had been bought by Film4 Productions when it was only a manuscript with Lynne Ramsay attached to write and direct, but the company was eventually shut down. Jackson and his producer partners eventually acquired the rights independently and developed a script on their own, later selling it to DreamWorks. Production began in October 2007 in New Zealand and Pennsylvania. Paramount became sole distributor a year later when they split with DreamWorks.

Plot: In 1973, Susie Salmon (Ronan) is raped and murdered by a neighbor, George Harvey (Tucci), a serial killer of young girls and women. She finds herself in Heaven, observing her family as they grieve for her. She also watches her killer who, having covered his tracks successfully, is preparing to murder again. Susie struggles to balance her desire for vengeance on Harvey and her desire to have her family recover from their loss.
* Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon.
* Rachel Weisz as Abigail Salmon, Susie’s mother.
* Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon, Susie’s father.
* Stanley Tucci as George Harvey, Susie’s killer.
* Susan Sarandon as Lynn, Susie’s grandmother and Abigail’s mother.
* Michael Imperioli as Len Fenerman, a police detective in charge of investigating Susie’s death.
* Rose McIver as Lindsey Salmon, Susie’s sister.
* Reece Ritchie as Ray Singh, Susie’s mutual love interest.
* Carolyn Dando as Ruth Conners, a classmate of Susie’s.
* Amanda Michalka as Clarissa, Susie’s best friend.

The role of Jack Salmon had to be recast right before principal photography began. Ryan Gosling, who had gained 20 pounds and grown a beard for the role, had been cast. Gosling said “the age of the character versus my real age was always a concern of mine. Peter Jackson & I tried to make it work and ultimately it just didn’t. I think the film is much better off with Mark Wahlberg in that role.”

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