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Rachel Weisz Has LOVELY BONES!

According to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, those rumors we’ve been hearing for the last week or so are true: Rachel Weisz is set to star as the mother of the dead girl who is the center of THE LOVELY BONES, Peter Jackson’s new film. This is an exceptional adaptation of a great book, and I’m dying to see what Jackson makes of it. This is a hell of a first step in casting, and I’m sure it’ll be exciting to see who else joins the production in the weeks ahead.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • June 12, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST


    by jonboy83

    andy serkis as motion captured dead girl

  • June 12, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Second - damn

    by Roderick Usher

    so close

  • June 12, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    scrwing up list of #.

  • June 12, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST

    this film needs one thing to succeed

    by ciroslive

    hardcore nudity

  • June 12, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I'm very interested in this

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I don't know the book at all, but sounds interested.

  • June 12, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST



    Any truth to the rumors of Jackson trying to get Jackman as well?

  • June 12, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    This is awesome news indeed!!!...

    by FilmFanatik

    I can't wait to see this. Loved the book. Love Pete Jackson. Can't wait! :)

  • June 12, 2007, 7:53 p.m. CST

    i read it rachel mcadams for some reason

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    now she will get it

  • June 12, 2007, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I really liked the book a lot.

    by Barry Egan

    I think it will be good for Jackson to work on a smaller canvas after LOTR and Kong. I'm not sure the matieral is something the average fanboy can get behind.

  • June 12, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Bad euphemism

    by BrandLoyalist

    For breasts, I mean. "Bones" - naa.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    man between this and The Fountain

    by BadMrWonka

    I'm going to cry every time I see her. sad eyes! and the way she tries to smile when she's sad...oh man...

  • June 12, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    An excellent adaptation, eh?

    by TheRealRatigan

    ...So, you've read Jackson's script then, Professor? When can we expect your script review?

  • June 12, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by Colonel Activity

    I pictured the mother with long, wheat colored hair and pale, sad eyes. Oh well. Weisz is a damn fine actress and this should be a quality film; although, I wouldn't call it a "great" book. A very good book, but not great. Great is Gravity's Rainbow, White Noise, Notes From Underground, etc....

  • June 12, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I can't believe that she would pass up...

    by glodene

    The Mummy 3 for this!?! She must be real hungry for an Oscar or somethin'. I guess motherhood will do that. Maturity -- What a concept.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Well, unless it was a body double

    by Guy Gaduois

    I believe she has a nice caboose as seen in "Enemy at the Gates". I don't ordinarily comment on nudity in film, but she's real purty.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    That animation of Harry is disturbing.

    by lost.rules

    Oh, and a great book BTW.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    uh well I for one wouldn't mind seeing rachel's lovely

    by Deus Vult

    ...what? you thought I was going to go harry on you and say something foul, repulsive or xrated? not a chance. rachel is a fine, upstanding young lady who deserves only respect and polite adoration.<p>UH YEA RIGHT--SHOW US HER LOVELY COOTER! WOOO-HOOOO!!!

  • June 12, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Racel Weisz

    by Fineus Fog

    is a great choice - not who I thought of initially As long as Dakota Fanning ISNT in it I am happy Ana Sophia Robb would be much better (and less irritating) choice for Susie

  • June 12, 2007, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I really liked the book

    by Norm Cascade

    Definitely looking forward to this one. Already excited about the casting. Awesome. Yeah...

  • June 12, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Bob of the Shire


  • June 12, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    yes! she just has this glow to her, and when you add in the cinematography and AMAZING lighting on that film, it was just so heart wrenching watching her. <p>jackman was great too, but he has a penis, so it's harder for me to get lost in his eyes.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Rachel Weisz has lovely EVERYTHING.

    by Quake II

    There is nothing I wouldn't do to Ms Weisz if given the chance...Well, maybe a couple things. Hot girls with Brit accents are hard to resist.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Rachel Weisz has already shown her cooter.

    by Christopher3

    But I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Ive seen pussy before

    by DOGSOUP

    So BFD. It's the movie that needs to prove itself not Rachel Ray's body...Weisz...McAdams...whoever,....

  • June 12, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST

    hey Christopher3, what's this about her coot?

    by Deus Vult

    hey aicn talkback rules section 3 article vii line a7 says that if you know of a hot actress' cooter laid bare before the world you are REQUIRED to post a tinyurl link to the pictures and/or videos.<p>hence, please comply immediately lest I email mori and let him know you're breaking the rules!

  • June 12, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I heard that the based the killer on

    by Colonel Activity

    Bill O'Reilly. Not the killing part, just the raping kids part. He's a monster and a total fuckface.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    As long as Dakota isn't the girl

    by performingmonkey

    Dakota Fanning is around the right age to play this part but if she's in it all you'll see is Dakota and not the character. They need an unknown or pretty-much unknown. I'm confident Jackson will cast right. The only casting fuck up he's made, I feel, is Adrien Brody as Jack in King Kong. Jack Black and Naomi Watts were perfect.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I hope this is kind of like heavenly creatures...

    by Director17

    Seems like the topic is similar...murder and drama and all that.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I'd love to give Weisz...

    by Darth Melkor

    My lovely bone. Yeah someone had to say it.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST




  • June 12, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    "You got to get an education Jimmy!"

    by crackerfarmboy

    Boy I hope there's more witty dialouge like that in PJ's new film.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Rachel Weisz has LOVELY BONES...

    by tehgreekhammer

    and a Beautiful snatch.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I'd like a threesome with Rachel Weisz & Eva Green

    by Doc_Strange

    These two women are absolutely HOT!! They have these great eyes that just penetrate, damn!!!!

  • June 12, 2007, 9:52 p.m. CST

    This year's Little Miss Sunshine...

    by Bean_

    Oh wait, the Lovely Bones? Wrong movie.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    You who make the rude sexual comments are asses.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Plain and simple.

  • June 12, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Too Young For The Role

    by mjgtexas

    To my recollection, the character was in her early forties, a possible milf, but beaten down some by three kids and a life she really didn't want. I would go with Marcia Gay Hardin.

  • June 12, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson can have my balls....

    by TiVo1138

    That's how deep my love for him is. I'm looking forward to a more personal outing from him this time.

  • June 12, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    whats this thing about anyway?

    by zelusfin

    have never heard of it. Peter Jackson will be one of my fave directors (unless he makes a lotr prequel)for the next decade. i think hell remain fresh and exciting as a film maker. his mix of cinematography, excitement, drama, and even comedy as seen in the lotr movies are almost unparalleled. king kong was really good in those aspects as well, i just couldnt relate to an ape... and he shoulda been bigger. anyway, again, whats this thing about and will jackson's style complement it?

  • June 12, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    doc strange, who would be the third?

    by Seph_J

    just wondering...

  • June 12, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Hijacking the thread - Mr. Wizard obit

    by Super I

    Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89. Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Bell Canyon home, said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey. "He really taught kids how to use the thinking skills of a scientist," said former colleague Steve Jacobs. He worked with Herbert on a 1980s show that echoed the original 1950s "Watch Mr. Wizard" series, which became a fond baby boomer memory. In "Watch Mr. Wizard," which was produced from 1951 to 1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. On a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items. "He modeled how to predict and measure and analyze. ... The show today might seem slow but it was in-depth and forced you to think along," Jacobs said. "You were learning about the forces of nature." Herbert encouraged children to duplicate experiments at home, said Jacobs, who recounted serving as a behind-the-scenes "science sidekick" to Herbert on the '80s "Mr. Wizard's World" that aired on the Nickelodeon channel. Herbert's place in TV history was acknowledged by later stars. When "Late Night with David Letterman" debuted in 1982, Herbert was among the first-night guests. Born in Waconia, Minn., Herbert was a 1940 graduate of LaCrosse State Teachers College and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II. He worked as an actor, model and radio writer before starting "Watch Mr. Wizard" in Chicago on NBC.

  • June 12, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Clothes on Rachel Weisz

    by kafka07

    is an unfortunate thing. Remove them.

  • June 12, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    The Years Little Dead Miss Sunshine

    by Fineus Fog

    got that outta my system cheers

  • June 12, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman

    by Boromir187

    Word is that PJ was pursuing Hugh to play the role of the girl's father (making it a Fountain reunion), but Jackman declined because he can't fit it into his already-packed schedule.

  • June 12, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    Pop quiz.

    by Pompoulus

    How many bone jokes can you fit on one website? We'll find out in the coming months.

  • June 12, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Rachel Weisz - both talented & lovely

    by LoneGun

    I fell in love with Rachel Weisz a long time ago. She's one of those actresses with immense screen appeal. She's just so damn easy to watch. Her Oscar for THE CONSTANT GARDENER was well-deserved; it was one of many first-rate performances by her. Can't wait for THE LOVELY BONES!

  • June 12, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Hey Bronx Cheer - fuck you up the ass with a 10' pole

    by Lamerz

    ... rude comment indeed. Rachel Weisz has lovely tits shoulda been the title of the "article".

  • June 12, 2007, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Constant Gardener sucked Viggo's Balls ...

    by Lamerz

    I'm just sayin' ... the movie was marketed as a thriller. Fuck that. Not sayin RW ain't hot tho.

  • June 12, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Bill O'Reilly was caught in a gay hooker sting

    by Colonel Activity

    and he's a total meth head. I think he fucks cats as well.

  • June 12, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    The Lovely Bones is an incredible novel.

    by a goonie

    One of the most moving books I've ever read. The maturity of the story and the depth of the narrating protagonist Susie are staggering. The idea of Jackson returning to somewhat "Heavenly Creatures"-ish territory with this particular material is making my brain explode with excitement.

  • June 12, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by LoneGun

    Well said, plantpage55. It was a sophisticated character - angry and driven, a mystery even to her husband. Weisz pulled it off wonderfully.

  • June 13, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Nice Pickup

    by Brian0401

    One of the best actresses working today. The cast sure is off to a good start.

  • June 13, 2007, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Hopefully the movie's better than the novel...

    by FilmCritic3000

    The novel never seemed to focus.

  • June 13, 2007, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Marcia Gay Harden's ego...

    by spud mcspud

    ...mjgtexas has battered it beyond recognition. "Do I REALLY look like someone beaten down by life, three kids and a husband?"<P> Yes, Marcia, you do. Still an awesome actress and a FILF (Fortysomething I'd Like to F***) though ;D<P> Actually, I agree Marcia Gay Harden would be perfect for this (loved her in SPACE COWBOYS) but so would the lovely Rachel Weisz. I'd give her my lovely bone. Heh heh. Oh, someone already did that gag. Shit. (Enter tumbleweed)

  • June 13, 2007, 6:41 a.m. CST

    This is definitely a great first casting choice.

    by brokentusk

    I must admit I didn't think of Rachel Weisz for the part when I was reading the novel, but she's such a talented actress (who would have thought I'd be saying that all these years after THE MUMMY?) that I'm sure she'll be perfect in the role. I also hear they're expanding the role for the film, which is probably a good idea since her character wasn't in the book as much as some of the other characters were. Good going Pete, nice first catch! Now who is going to be playing the father? That is the big question.

  • June 13, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Aronofsky should do 1984!

    by Jakes Nel

    Rachel Weisz is fast becoming my favourite actress. Did anyone see The Shape of Things? She was so cool in that movie. I mean, she played a sadistic psycho-bitch, but a cool one.

  • June 13, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Weisz is talented but a little ugly for a movie

    by Borgnine JR

    star. She looks like a bull dog in drag. I guess she's proof that Hollywood is looking for more diversity in its's look. 20 years ago she would have been the kinda cute cashier at the local Piggly-Wiggly.

  • June 13, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    I Just finished it...started off interesting...then got all soapy and ending up anti-climactic. Not the "great" book everyone seems to think it is. Jackson is a great choice to adapt it though ((Heavenly Creatures).

  • June 13, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Cooter in "I Want You."

    by Christopher3

    An otherwise execrable movie.

  • June 13, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    This is a good start...

    by morGoth

    ...for PJ and company. Of course the casting for LoTR was spot on perfect so this is no surprise. Read the book last summer and liked it though I can't say i loved it (gets a bit chick-flickish towards the end...particularly the closeout of the rapist). <p> Man, anybody who thinks Rachel W. is a dog is a total blind idiot with a taste for Porky McSwine type women. You were kidding, right? RIGHT?!!

  • June 13, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    Lucky bastard.

  • June 13, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    i believe bronx cheer is the only female here, back off

    by pipergates

    and of good opinions too! am i right? if not no insult intended. cant help having sexual comments here though, but t'would be nice to keep em civil. like nice giant pussies. megan's and vivica's, not fox's.

  • June 13, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    She's too young

    by Demosthenes2

    She could play the mother of a ten-year-old, but not only does this start out with her as the mother of a dead 14-year-old, years and years pass in the book. She's great though, so I'll let it go.

  • June 13, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by Joey Jojo

    I think that's the best analogy for this book (King + Blume) that I've ever heard. I don't get why people think this book is so amazing. Decent,yes, but nothing revolutionary. Hopefully this will be one of those rare cases where the film is better than the book.

  • June 13, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Bone - headed...

    by Ninja Nerd

    My wife got the book and went on and on about it. Of course, she wouldn't even start "From A Buick 8" or anything else I've read. Anyway, I tried reading the thing and just couldn't finish. It's utter tripe, so I can't imagine how even PJ could avoid the train wreck this will be. NOTE to AICN STAFF: The Dresden books by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files, Sci-Fi Channel) are available from the Science Fiction Book Club and they are AWESOME. I hope that if the show continues, they go with more of the dark tone of the books and get into the Red Court/White Council war. Vampires and wizards in mortal combat is good stuff, Maynard!

  • June 13, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by LegoKenobi

    can't believe some of the things i'm reading here. that book was *awesome*. very chilling, very sad. peter's gonna kick ass with this sort of material.

  • June 13, 2007, 7:32 p.m. CST

    The novel is very emotional and well-written...

    by brokentusk

    I think Peter Jackson will turn it into an excellent film and I foresee it being nominated for many Oscars (it's that type of material). However, I can understand why some people here didn't enjoy it - it's very much a drama, with a slight paranormal hook (having the protagonist narrate the story from the after-life). I read it and thought it was extremely powerful, so I gave it to my mom to read (to gauge her reaction). Needless to say she loved it (although she was initially confused by the whole dead girl narrating thing). So if I (a geek) and my mother (not a geek in the least), can both appreciate the novel, it has to be somewhat special.