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Irish Actress Cast to play Susie in The Lovely Bones

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.

Variety continues:

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,


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splayer splayer 10 years
Thank goodness it's not a Fanning.
sofi sofi 10 years
Talking about all this casting- who are they going to cast as Susie's sister (darn- I forget her name). Aren't they supposed to look alike? This girl does look like Dakota- will they put her in for the sister? They need someone like Shirley Maclaine for the grandma. That would be good except maybe a little too much like Terms of Endearment. Well, I found the book interesting yet extremely disturbing. The writing wasn't anything spectacular, but because I just read it I am curious to compare the movie and book. The whole 'watching from Heaven' will be interesting and it is Peter Jackson- who knows WHERE he'll take all of this
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
Yay an Irish girl!! Woohoo! That's my patriotic cheering over.... Didn't like the book at all. Thought it was so over-rated so extremely unlikely I'll watch the movie
hills hills 10 years
aww her and keira look sweet
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
can't wait.
dali137 dali137 10 years
you should read her personal story if you want soemthing depressing: Lucky... I own both and I think every woman should read them.
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
i picked this up at the bookstore about 6 weeks ago & thought it looked interesting. it's on my "to read" list. i guess i'll put it at the top of that list since they're making a movie out of it. well, 2nd to the top cause the next thing i'm reading is harry potter!
nomerz nomerz 10 years
I guess I don't see the big deal over this book, just like I didn't see the big deal over "A Million Little Pieces" ... I dunno I guess I just didn't connect with the book.
Candizzle Candizzle 10 years
I'm excited for this casting as well. She looks great for the role, hopefully she can pull it off!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
Me too LaLaLaurie! I love me some Ryan, but I have been puzzled to see how this is gonna work. He's really talented, so it should be really interesting.
dcmurray1970 dcmurray1970 10 years
thank goodness it is not a Fanning
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
uhm, Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling will be playing the parents? forgive me, but I really can't see them as a married couple, especially with the age gap. hopefully i'll be proven wrong.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
the roles she's been in are very impressive for her age! she looks so sweet.
helenette helenette 10 years
she's cute
meganekko meganekko 10 years
She looks like Dakota to me also. I don't think that I'll be checking this one out any time soon- too depressing =(
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 10 years
cant wait for this
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
she looks like dakota fanning to me. anyway, i thought the book wasn't depressing as much as it required the reader to be introspective and think about life and death and it's impact on the people around the one who died. i've worked with victim survivors of violent crimes, horrible things happen to regular people everyday. i think it's important that we hear more than the blood trail for some of them. as for reading books like this i have to be in the mood and even then i can find them somewhat draining.
shafiii shafiii 10 years
the role is diffucult and i hope she does it well. im really happy that an "unknown" is playing the role. it will make the movie so much better. especially since i was dissapointed with the casting of Gosling, i love him, but not for this role.
tralalala tralalala 10 years
Wow, she looks perfect, I'm glad they cast someone not so well known. And she must be really talented if she's working on some high profile films without anyone ever having heard of her.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Oh my goodness does this mean that God is really watching over Hollywood? This is one good Hollywood casting news I've heard this week or for so long. After hearing about Zac Efron possibilly being cast for Footloose I knew that there was no more hope for moviegoers and Hollywood alike. With all that said, I think they cast a great girl, talent-wise and look-wise. She can pass for Ryan Gosling's daughter in real life. No?
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
That book is more depressing than "The Color Purple." I never want to read it again and I just can't see a movie about a raped, dead teen. Forgive me, "Lovely Bones" fans. I know there's millions of you out there!
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