I've been stoked about Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones being made into a movie since development was first announced, although admittedly, it took me a while to jump on the "Peter Jackson is the perfect director for this film" bandwagon. Don't get me wrong, I like Jackson, and I think he did one hell of a job with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I just wasn't sure he was the right guy to direct this tale of a murdered 14-year-old girl who watches the aftermath of her disappearance on her family -- and the guy who killed her -- from heaven.

I warmed up to Jackson when he cast Ryan Gosling and Rachel Weisz as Jack and Abigail Salmon, the parents of Susie Salmon, the murdered girl; then just a few days ago news came that Jackson had finally cast the all-important role of Susie (much speculation had floated around the internet on that, with Dakota Fanning being the name I most frequently heard bantered about) with Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. There's been no announcement yet on who will play Susie's sister, who is also an important character in the book, but we do at last have a name associated with one of the most pivotal roles -- the murderer.

The Hollywood Reporter has a story up today that Stanley Tucci is in negotiations to play the part of child molester/murderer George Harvey. Tucci shone on screen in The Devil Wears Prada and he's a great character actor, but he's not the first person that would have come to mind for the role of this type of bad guy -- which makes him perfect for the part. That's the thing about sexual predators -- they don't usually look like the bogeyman, they look just like the nice guy next door, the guy who tends to his garden, waves at the neighbors all friendly-like but never invites anyone in, keeps to himself while blending into the scenery. Tucci has the ability to play that to a tee; casting someone who actually looks evil would be way too obvious; the normal-looking guy who harbors the dirty little secret that he lures little girls to an early grave is far more sinister.

Between the casting news and the early excerpt of Jackson's script, I can't wait to see this movie now. What do you think of how the casting is shaping up? And are you excited about seeing Jackson bring The Lovely Bones to life on the big screen?
categories Cinematical