Young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan will star alongside Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling in director Peter Jackson's big screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones for DreamWorks, says Variety.
Ronan will play Susie Salmon, the murdered girl who watches over her family -- and killer -- from heaven.
Jackson wrote the adapted screenplay with his longtime collaborators Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and King Kong director is set to begin filming "Bones" in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand. Paramount will distribute worldwide.
Ronan, 13, stars in the upcoming Death Defying Acts, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce, and I Could Never Be Your Woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. This summer, she films City of Ember.