DW setting 'Bones' role for Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan has joined Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" for DreamWorks.

Ronan will play Susie Salmon, the central character in Alice Sebold's book. In the 2002 best-seller, the story is told through the voice of Sussie, a young girl who is murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death.

She witnesses the impact of her death on her loved ones, while her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again.

Weisz and Gosling are playing the grieving parents in "Bones," whose script was written by Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.

Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh and Aimee Peyronnet are producing "Bones," which begins filming in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand. Executive producing will be Film 4's Tessa Ross alongside Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson.

Paramount Pictures is distributing.

Ronan -- whose first name is pronounced Seersha -- is a relative newcomer to Hollywood, with credits that include roles in the Irish television series "Proof" and "The Clinic," though she is quickly moving to establish herself.

She will be seen later this year in "Death Defying Acts," alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce; "I Could Never Be Your Woman," starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd; and "Atonement," with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. This summer she begins filming Walden's "The City of Ember," being directed by Gil Kenan.

She is repped by CAA and Lisa-Anne Campbell in Ireland.
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