Empire just released  the first official photo from the Peter Jackson drama, The Lovely Bones. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as a young teenage girl who is brutally raped and murdered by her neighbor (Stanley Tucci). In the wake of her death she watches her family from heaven as they deal with their loss. Her parents will be played by Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz, and her grandmother by Susan Sarandon. The film is adapted from the Alice Sebold book of the same name.

The screenplay for the film was adapted by Jackson and his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. The Lovely Bones has been in development for a couple of years with the earliest references dating back to 2007.  The role of the father was originally supposed to be played by Ryan Gosling who dropped out of the project due to creative differences with Jackson. Even though Gosling is a capable actor I don’t know if I would have bought him as the dad of a 14 year old girl.

What do you think of the film’s first photo?

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