The Deal: Rachel Weisz has signed on to star in Peter Jackson's screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones. For those of you familiar with the story, she will play Abigail Salmon, the mother of Susie, the deceased young girl who narrates the story of her parents trying to find her.
The Excellent: Beyond being gorgeous and classy Rachel was especially memorable in The Constant Gardener, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She should be able to do this heavy role justice.
The Not-So-Excellent: Remember when NY Magazine reviewed Jackson's screenplay and said that it wasn't great? It still seems kinda ludicrous to review a movie that hasn't been made.
The Bottom Line: There is potential for disaster (too cheesy, too over-the-top with the "narrating from beyond the grave" aspect), but with Weisz at the helm of the movie, I have hope. The book was excellent and I think it's in the right hands, at least acting-wise. Now, who should they cast as the father?