Tucci Boards Jackson’s Lovely Bones

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Stanley Tucci is in talks to play the pivotal role of killer George Harvey in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones for DreamWorks, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling will play the parents of Susie Salmon (newcomer Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old who has been raped and killed by a neighbor she refers to as Mr. Harvey. Alice Sebold’s best-selling 2002 novel is told from the perspective of Susie, who looks down on her family and Harvey from the afterlife.

Jackson acquired rights to the acclaimed book and adapted it for the screen with Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh and Aimee Peyronnet are producing the project, set to begin shooting in October in Pennsylvania and Jackson’s native New Zealand.

Tessa Ross, Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson are producing the film, which will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.