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Peter Jackson finds his Susie Salmon for LOVELY BONES!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Looks like Peter has found his central actress for THE LOVELY BONES. The main character, Susie Salmon, is a young girl full of life who is violently murdered. She watches the impact her disappearance has on her family and friends from the afterlife. Rachel Weisz was cast as her mother, Ryan Gosling was cast (surprisingly) as her father and now a young actress by the name of Saoirse Ronan has landed the lead role of the murdered girl. A little hunting found a few pictures of the young lass (click the below image for more, if it's not too creepy for you):

You'll be seeing a lot of this girl in the near future. She's going to topline THE CITY OF EMBER for MONSTER HOUSE director Gil Kenan and appear in DEATH DEFYING ACTS alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce, who plays Houdini. Peter's got a pretty good track record with casting young actresses, particularly in the like-flick HEAVENLY CREATURES where he found Kate Winslet and one of my big crushes, Melanie Lynskey. Can't wait for this one. The script was outstanding, the cast is looking great... Can't wait.


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  • July 12, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    KONG LIVES

    by iwontwin

    RIGHT?

  • July 12, 2007, 4:06 a.m. CST

    This will be a great flick

    by Artifakts

    The book is superb!!

  • July 12, 2007, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling should be Bale's backup...

    by Shermdawg

    ...if he ever leaves Bats.

  • July 12, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    read the book

    by erockwilly

    and this is a case where the movie could easily surpass the text. especially in the hands of peter jackson. king kong disappointed me in very unspecific ways but i think this flick will remind us why jackson is one of the best filmmakers of our time.

  • July 12, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Perfect choice.

    by Highwayroller

    PJ knows what to do. She's sweet, not good-known, and a capable actress. The only one thing I'm afraid is a relative passivity of Susie's part... Not the easiest job for 13-year old lady...

  • July 12, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Guy Pearce is making a film with Catherine Zeta Jones?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Oh fuck, does he not know about her track record? She ruins the careers of everyone who works with her! Connery - can't even bear to act anymore. Coens - haven't made a good film in yonks. Antonio Banderas - Ecks Vs Sever.<p>To date, only Billy Bob Thornton has survived, and I doubt Guy Pearce is as resilient as Billy Bob. Don't do it, Guy Pearce! This succubus is slowly destroying the film business!!

  • July 12, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Excellent

    by RobFromBackEast

    A stunning book, great director, perfect casting - this is going to be a beautiful fuckin film. Bring it on...

  • July 12, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    How to say her name...

    by krodnoc

    It's an Irish name and is pronounced: saey-r-sha (say it quickly). Many people are gonna fuck that up when the movie comes out. Her name means "freedom" in Gaelic.

  • July 12, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST

    were Dakota & Elle Fanning not avaliable?

    by Boomers_Lips

    were Dakota & Elle Fanning not avaliable?

  • July 12, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    I'm happy

    by captainhamsack

    I think this is a great casting job. Now the big question for me : Who the fuck's gonna play Mr.Harvey? Can't wait for that announcement. I still think Tim Robbins would suit that role

  • July 12, 2007, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Its this year's little miss Dead Like Me..

    by StarskyandHushky

    Eventhough I like Jackson, this sounds a bit too emo for my taste.

  • July 12, 2007, 4:51 a.m. CST

    If this film is...

    by yodalovesyou

    3 hours long Jackson is a cock!

  • July 12, 2007, 4:52 a.m. CST

    How can this possibly suck?

    by Jakes Nel

    So glad Jackson is doing something other than CG orgies...

  • July 12, 2007, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Sounds good.

    by Orbots Commander

    I'm definitely interested in this as I enjoyed the book and am also a big Peter Jackson. The thing I'm interested to see is how in the hell Jackson and his writers have handled that loopy ending to the book. It worked on the page, but how do you handle possession-sex on screen without it coming off like a laugh riot loopy version of that Michelle Pfeiffer scene from What Lies Beneath?

  • July 12, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    both actors are great but

    by Demosthenes2

    look much too young (durh). Rachel at 36 barely gets by since the daughter was 14 meaning she could be married and have given birth at 22. But Rachel looks 30, so not really. And Ryan looks like he could have a six-year-old. MOREOVER, the book spans years, and they don't even look old enough for the beginning. In the book I pictured the mom a bit mousy and the dad quiet and decidedly asexual. But I would rather have strong actors than more appropriate-looking but less competent ones, so i'll quit my bitching.

  • July 12, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Youaccidently posted a picture of Dakota Fanning!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Now where is the real actress?

  • July 12, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    The Lovely Monkey Bones

    by Kragmose

  • July 12, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Demosthenes2

    by BadMrWonka

    I agree. I loved the book, and I'm looking forward to this adaptation, but Gosling? I pictured someone much older, and although I know he's a great actor, he's just too cute and all that. I pictured someone, maybe William H. Macy-ish? Weisz is OK, as long as they don't make her look too young at the beginning. <p>this kid certainly looks prety intriguing, but is she 14? she looks 10.<p>I don't know. I guess one of the problems with a book that is so evocative and visually charged, is that you can't help but picture people explicitly. a lot of books, I can go right through, and when the film rolls around, I just shrug, and go, "eh, I never really pictured them much anyway"...but lovely bones, man...I don't know. Gosling is just rough for me. I can't quite let it go...can you picture him SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER have knee surgery? he looks like a fucking distance runner for fuck sake. ah well, I'll try to trust PJ.

  • July 12, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST

    You don't think maybe...

    by Heleno

    her leading role in Atonement is worth a mention? She's bloody brilliant in it, and that film's going to be Oscar-tastic.

  • July 12, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Quint-Melanie Lynskey? Seriously?

    by RockLobster800

    Oh well-to each his own....

  • July 12, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Heavenly...

    by Bluereader

    This flick reminds me a lot o 'Heavenly Creatures", the first Jackson film that I ever saw and one of my favorites. I hope the Pete hits it out of the park. I was disappointed with Kong.

  • July 12, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Too young

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I've literally only read the first 10 pages of this book but I'm sure she was a little older than this girl looks? Again I've only read a little so me comenting on this is pretty stupid but I'm board.

  • July 12, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I'm still a little confused about Ryan Gosling...

    by brokentusk

    He's one of the most talented actors of his generation, and I'm sure he'll turn in a great performance in the film (I'm betting on this film having a high amount of Oscar nominations). I'm just not seeing him as Susie's father (or Rachel Weisz's husband for that matter). In the book the character is in his late-thirties or early-forties, he has three children already (Susie is the middle child). So if Ryan Gosling is 26, they expect us to be believe that he had his first child (who would be about 14 when the film begins) when he was, what, 12? It's a bit of stretch. Still, as Quint pointed out, Jackson has a great eye for casting - he probably knows what he's doing. I still think the trades got it wrong though and Gosling will be playing the police officer character (those who've read the book will know who I'm talking about) - he suits that part perfectly.

  • July 12, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Could be good .......

    by Be_a_zed

    as long as a certain chapter that occurs towards the end of the book is omitted, if you've read it you'll know what i mean !

  • July 12, 2007, 7:21 a.m. CST

    yawn

    by Buffalo500

    another Jackson flick to get the geeks salvitating

  • July 12, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Forget Bones- give us "the Hobbit"

    by Flame of the West

    This flick will be worthy. But when are we going to get the film we all want???

  • July 12, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Love the book, love Peter Jackson . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    love Weisz, and love Gosling. That said, how fucking too young are these actors to be playing the parents???? I can see Weisz as the mother, but Gosling??? He looks like he could be playing one of the kids. I haven't read any of this talk-back so I'm sure there are others agreeing with me here. Oh well, the movie SHOULD still be awesome. Now we just need to find out who's playing the dead girl's sister, the grandmother (great character), and most of all, Mr. Harvey.

  • July 12, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Mr. Harvey....

    by blindambition238

    When I read the book all those years back I always pictured phillip-seymour-hoffman. Really normal, but at the same time unsettling.

  • July 12, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Children of the Corn Much?

    by skycrapper

    It's going to be hard to watch that for two plus hours.

  • July 12, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Peter Jackson for JLA!

    by UltimaRex

    Peter Jackson for JLA!

  • July 12, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    wow.

    by LegoKenobi

    i can see it. this movie is going to be like a hammer blow to your emotions.

  • July 12, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Don't confuse people

    by Sepulchrave

    SERE-Sheh will do fine.

  • July 12, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Maybe a black character...

    by crackerfarmboy

    And his good friend named "Jimmy" could appear periodically and add nothing to the story?

  • July 12, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    They can use my house

    by motiondefined

    I live along the only farm in Norristown, so if they want to do some location shooting, I'll put my property out there as a possibility.

  • July 12, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Very ethereal looking.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I wonder if that has something to do with her being cast. She'll probably be a stunner when she gets older, too.<P>I've heard great things about the script so I'm rather looking forward to this. It will be interesting to see Jackson direct something a little more intimate for a change.

  • July 12, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    Paging Ringw(b)earer9....paging Ringw(b)earer9...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Attention Ringy - there is a Peter Jackson Talkback on the board.<P>Have you met AnimalStructure?

  • July 12, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    The book is so overrated

    by FleshMachine

    started off really good..interesting premise...cool narrative structure. but the last 1/2-1/3 was really underwhelming. nothing happened! totally anticlimatic. it felt like the book was leading up to the fathers obsession with finding the killer but nope. fucking oprah.

  • July 12, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    zbobroberts

    by Buffalo500

    of the films you mentioned there only Kong and maybe The Frighteners I would consider worth a second look....go back to your pram and lay off the profanities

  • July 12, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    The Mr Hayes and Jimmy stuff in Kong:

    by Barry Egan

    It reminded me of the funny/creepy stuff with Peter Graves in Airplane! where the pilot keeps asking that kid wildly inapproriate questions.

  • July 12, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    THIS YEARS LIL MISS DAKOTA FANNING....

    by DECKERS

    ...and 2017's Lil Miss Drug Rehab!! Kisses!!!

  • July 12, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    spermwhat?

    by Buffalo500

    So let me get this straight, if you don’t like Jackson you have no right in logging on to AICN? Twat.

  • July 12, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I guess she'll look 14 when shooting finally starts.

    by Tinfang

    I agree with the others about the, so far, youngish cast. The lass does have that rather wan-ethereal look indeed. I only hope she can act and that PJ can pull a sterling performance out of her like with Kate Winslet and 'Heavenly Creatures.' <p> I also agree that Gosling seems about two decades two young for the father. Good call on the cop though since he was younger. Looking forward to this and I'm confidant that Jackson will do a fantastic job just as he did in the single movie, 'The Lord of the Rings.'

  • July 12, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Does any body know . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . if they are keeping this thing set in the 70s, or could they possibly set the film in modern times? As I was reading, I started wondering why the author chose to set it during that time. All I could think was that forensics is so much more advanced now, the killer would have been caught the night it happened.

  • July 12, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Erm, that would be TOO young.

    by Tinfang

    Blasted fat-fingering!<p> And while I'm at it, curse all you Jackson haters. You're just jealous becuase you can't get a studio to greenlight your multi-million dollar project.<p> And while I'm at it Part Deux, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a fantastic choice for Mr. Harvey.

  • July 12, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Rocklobster, check this:

    by Lenny Nero

    http://tinyurl.com/2kyqfq <p> Nothing?

  • July 12, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    How nice Marmot?

    by Tinfang

    Habeus corpus, yes? They may have suspected Harvey for Susie's disappearance but it would've been tough to find evidence of a murder. I admit it's been a few years since I read the book so maybe I don't remember any glaring clues.

  • July 12, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling

    by OGREISHERE

    I didnt know that he was cast. Great Job Peter. He is on par with Sean Penn and Jack Nicolson. I was already gonna be first in line for this movie. Now I am gonna camp out.

  • July 12, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling is on par with who?

    by LORDRANDO

    ON par with Ryan Gosling maybe. One or two roles does not a legend make.... No one could be Nicholson off the screen for 10 seconds, how many dudes your grandpas age get better pussy than you.......Nicholson.....Gosling...you must be joking

  • July 12, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Book was very disappointing

    by Snowden's Secret

    I agree with all of fleshmachine's comments. The premise was brilliant and had so much potential, but the novel ultimately delivered nothing but trite aphorisms in addition to characters that were flat and not believable. If you guys liked it, that's great. I just didn't buy it. I wish I could think of a similar book that did this premise more credit. Anyone have suggestions? I'm drawing a blank. The Dead Like Me series on Sci-Fi is actually pretty decent with the way it deals with a dead person looking back and learning life lessons. It's a really cool idea.

  • July 12, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Gosling has to be wrong

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    I hadn't even heard that bit of news until reading this article, but in terms of casting it makes no sense, the guys gotta be in his mid thirties. The dad has to be at least mid 30s, when the movie STARTS (Susie, the middle child, is 14), but it progresses another TEN years throughout the movie. There's only so much you can ask as far as stretching credibility, a 26 year old actor playing a 35-45 year old character? Why? I just have to assume someone got the casting info confused.

  • July 12, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Whoops

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Meant to say Susie is the oldest, not the middle child.

  • July 12, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Great Irish Name

    by RowanM

    Saoirse. Can be pronounced Seer-sha or Say-er-sha. If she's gonna be famous, better to get used to pronouncing her name properly.

  • July 12, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Nobody cares

    by LORDRANDO

    about that fucking marketing gimmick...if it were an actual mystery and not a cock tease...let all the dorks in line for harry potter argue about that shitty trailer....i think its a gamera remake anyway...thats right giant fucking turtles

  • July 12, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Saoirse Ronan Salmon Taco

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Somebody had to say it.

  • July 12, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Novel Ending

    by arctic monkey

    Woah...seeing the girl playing Susie completely changes the ending for me. I gotta wonder if they're actually going to keep the original ending...her character's climax...so to speak.

  • July 12, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    the whoring has began

    by oscarmike

    I wonder what rating you and Harry will give this movie, or better yet where it will be on your top movie lists.

  • July 12, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The book put me to sleep

    by Antz

    I could never read more than about 10 pages without falling asleep. I found it to be a really tedious read, but stuck with it, knowing PJ was going to film it. It is definitely one of those ones where I can see him making the film far better than the book.

  • July 12, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Stop comparing Gosling to Nicholson...

    by Mel Garga

    they did the same thing to Christian Slater right before the release of "Kuffs." Bad omen, brother. And Crackerfarmboy gets the award for best comment about Jackson adding a black character who looks after another sporadically placed character named Jimmy. Priceless.

  • July 12, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Time to get crackin' on The Hobbit......

    by Mel Garga

    seriously, and while you're at it, you might as well do some location scouting for The Children of Hurin. That book is bad to the bone and is going to make a badass flick. Beleriand or bust!!!!!!

  • July 12, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST

    The book is strange

    by performingmonkey

    The book is a really good idea but written...not BADLY but sort of boringly, and the ending sucks big time (Peter just HAS to change what happens to the killer in the end because it's extremely dumb, and MANY other parts need changing, improving and expanding on too). Handled by just another director this would be another in a long line of shitty family drama flicks, but with Peter at the helm wonderful things can and hopefully WILL happen. He's done nothing like this before (don't say Heavenly Creatures because that is totally different to The Lovely Bones)

  • July 13, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Gosling and Weisz??

    by IndustryKiller!

    Well there goes my money. Spectacular.

  • July 13, 2007, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Monkey, you idiot

    by performingmonkey

    I admit I only read the book because I knew Peter was adapting it. It's nothing like Ghost. It's a dead girl looking at how her death affected her family and her killer (it's the killer part that Peter needs to work on). She isn't a ghost, she is in her heaven. A lot of people are probably going to get weepy over this film. Fanboys will think it sucks because it isn't The Hobbit or Temeraire (personally I think he should just fuck Temeraire, give it to some hack director to handle, he should be doing better things than a flick about a 19th Century ship captain's relationship with his dragon)

  • July 13, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Heavenly Creatures...

    by all

    is one of the most suspenseful, creative films I've seen. I hope this is in the same vein. I'd love to give PJ and Sam Raimi a $10 mil budget each for their next movies...

  • July 13, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Whats wrong with the ending

    by Lovecraftfan

    Spoilers!!!If I remember correctly the killer either gets away or is never caught. How is that a bad ending? I guess people need their endings in a bowtie. Then again I may be remembering the ending wrong.

  • July 13, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Wow I'm really surprised at the hate for this book

    by Lovecraftfan

    I mean seriously I thought it was a great premise, very moving, and lovely all around. Such a sad book really got to me. I can't believe you guys hate it.

  • July 13, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Susie's story

    by arctic monkey

    The ending just isn't the killer getting his own (The narrator tells us that in the book). It's not about some elaborate revenge or severe punishment for her rapist/killer. This is Susie's story (and her family's), and if I remember correctly, Susie's big moment (((SPOILER-SPOILER-SPOILER)))...is getting to experience adult love...she makes love with some dude...so basically...she gets to have sex and then moves on...(((END SPOILER)))...so...there...i guess...

  • July 13, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by NudeandAroused

    I actually saw Jackson where I work near Philadelphis. He was location scouting for the movie! That was pretty cool.

  • July 14, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    crap book

    by Kizeesh

    rip off of where dreams may come and some dull scenery. <p> maybe PJ can make it better but I doubt it.

  • July 22, 2007, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Amen Quint

    by VicSage

    I loves me some Melanie Lynskey too, and I haven't even seen Heavenly Creatures. I guess I need to pick it up.