She might not be fighting mummies in the next installment of The Mummy, but Rachel Weisz has found a project that should be a little bit sweeter -- a starring role in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller, The Lovely Bones. According to Variety, "Weisz will play the mother of a young girl who is abducted and is feared to have been murdered." I presume that means she will play Abigail Salmon, the mother of Susie, the young girl who narrates the novel from heaven. For those unfamiliar with the book, it's about the young Susie (who is raped, murdered and dismembered) in heaven, as she watches her friends and family cope with her death and go about their lives. There are no other cast for the film that DreamWorks picked up in May, but there should be more soon, as production is set to begin this October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand.

At first, it seemed like Peter Jackson might have a rough time shopping the script around to studios with its steep price of $65 million + producing and directing fees. However, DreamWorks grabbed it and things are, obviously, zooming ahead. Meanwhile, New York magazine got look at the script and said it's spot-on, but might be overly-faithful. Whether it is or not, I'd imagine it would be hard for the film to not succeed. It's got a lot of money and talent behind it, especially with the addition of Weisz. Now, the question becomes: who will play Susie and the rest of her friends and family?
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