Rachel Weisz is set to star in The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel, reports Variety. DreamWorks begins production on the film in October, and Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide.
Weisz will play the mother of a young girl who is abducted and is feared to have been murdered.
Jackson wrote the script with his "The Lord of the Rings" scripting partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.
Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh and Aimee Peyronnet will produce, while Film 4's Tessa Ross will executive produce with Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson. The film will shoot in Pennsylvania and New Zealand.