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Rachel Weisz Signs On To Star in The Lovely Bones

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?


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ellazmarie ellazmarie 10 years
the book was great. odd to have peter jackson to do, but who knows it could be great. do like rachel weisz.
joiseygirl27 joiseygirl27 10 years
I love that book!
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
I love this book, it's the last one book i read that got to me. I can see RW in the part, now for the father Ooh whoever plays him will have to be the sh*zn*t.Because thats a possiblity for excellence.
söderskär söderskär 10 years
Omg, that's one of my favorite books ever! I read it in just two hours in my University's library when I was supposed to study for my exams. I can't wait to see this movie, I hope it won't suck. There's so many novel-adaptations coming up, like Atonement or Stardust, I'm so excited about them. Yay!
steen steen 10 years
Rachel Weisz is a great actress! Hopefully they can carry the movie beyond the potential cheese factor.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
i really hope they don't cast Dakota Fanning as the daughter because if they do it willjust ruin it for me or evenfor the movie. it will be too much of a distraction. as for the father, how about Daniel Craig just because I'm absolutely crazy about him!!! yum.
AutumnWind AutumnWind 10 years
I haven't read the book, but I love Rachel Weisz!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I'm interested in this, as well, and what Peter Jackson does with it. I can't imagine it being like anything he's worked on before (horror/fantasy) but he's an excellent director and I think he and his team will really do it right. I mean, he did Lord of the Rings pretty well! lol
Dream-Angel Dream-Angel 10 years
oooh, cool. I love Rachel and this was such a good book. I am sad she's not going to be in the next Mummy movie. I hope they don't kill her character off and just have her "be gone" on a job somewhere :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Good for her!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
I am quite interested in this, the book was pretty good, although strange.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
i think it'll be great! i can't wait!
Emiily Emiily 10 years
I'm really interested in seeing this/ hearing more about it.
Marci Marci 10 years
This was an amazing book. I hope they don't screw it up. Peter Jackson at the helm gives me some hope.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 10 years
Peter Jackson?? Of the Lord of the Rings?? Oookay. I will be soooooo disappointed if the movie doesn't do the book justice! This book has become one of my all time favorites. Hotness aside, it would be nice to see George Clooney play against type as Jack, the grieving father.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
i hated her mother in the book for being so detached - rachel is a great actress and im sure she'll be able to bring some great showmanship to the movie.
kate0306 kate0306 10 years
this book is amazing, i really hope they are able to capture it's beauty on film.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
I loved the book!
screammylungzout screammylungzout 10 years
i love her so much, and i love the book- i hope it all works out.
1missy 1missy 10 years
I love the book. I have never been a reader but this book got me hooked. I have read 5 books this year. That's allot for me.
shafiii shafiii 10 years
this book is one of my all time favorites! i really hope it comes out well because books to movies always dissappoint me, rachel weisz is going to be great! i cant wait!
LoneWolf LoneWolf 10 years
Oops. I meant Susie.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 10 years
Who will play Abigail? Fanning? Or is one rape victim role one too many for her?
mommie mommie 10 years
I like the book too. The movies never do justice to the book so I hope its close.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Ahhh. I love the book so I hope the movie doesnt suck!
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