Well, it looks like someone in Hollywood agrees with all of you who commented in the casting news about Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling joining The Lovely Bones: the girl at the center of the story will not be played by a Fanning, nor is she a mainstream name — yet. Young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan will play the difficult role of Susie, a 14-year-old girl who is raped and killed, and who narrates the story from heaven. Weisz and Gosling will play Susie's parents in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the bestselling novel.
Ronan, 13, has several movies awaiting release, including Death Defying Acts, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce, and I Could Never Be Your Woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. This summer, she films The City of Ember.
Wow, it looks like she's working with some high-profile peeps already. In fact, in addition to the titles listed above, Ronan also recently worked on the movie Atonement alongside Keira Knightley. To see a very adorable picture of the two from the set of Atonement,