First Look: Saoirse Ronan in Peter Jackson's Lovely Bones
One of the other (besides Avatar) highly anticipated December movies this year is Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of Alice Sebold's book of the same name. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, and a handful of other great actors. There's a bit of controversy surrounding the production because Ryan Gosling was originally cast in Wahlberg's role, but left due to creative differences. Later on in the year, production shut down when Peter Jackson and his art director disagreed on the way heaven should look, which is certainly an important part of the movie.
The photo (obviously) comes from Empire, where they've been debuting an extensive amount exclusives as part of their 20th anniversary. The plot of The Lovely Bones follows Susie, a 14 year-old girl raped and murdered by her neighbor. From heaven, she watches her family deal (or not) with her death, and watches her murderer as he tries to hide the evidence. I don't think there's any question that this photo shows Susie in heaven, however due to Empire's excruciatingly large logo, I can't tell if there is something she's looking at off in the distance or if it's just part of the logo. I'm sure we'll hear a lot more about this starting soon.
Update: Another first look photo was revealed on USA Today showing Stanley Tucci - you can check it out here. Peter Jackson says, "I found the book to be curiously optimistic. I felt inspired by Susie's struggle to come to terms with her own death. In the face of overwhelming grief, she finds hope. She holds on to love, and by doing so, she transcends the horror of her murder." And as for that photo you see above, it's not exactly heaven. "It's God-less in the sense that when Susie dies, she finds herself caught in a place between Earth and heaven - she is in an 'In-Between'." When she moves on, they leave the interpretation open.