Imperioli connected to DW's 'Bones'

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Emmy winner and current nominee Michael Imperioli has joined the all-star cast of Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" for DreamWorks.

The offed "Sopranos" actor joins Rachel Weisz, Ryan Gosling, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and newcomer Saoirse Ronan in the big-screen version of Alice Sebold's best-seller. The story centers on a young girl who is murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death. She witnesses the impact of her demise on her loved ones, while her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again.

Imperioli will play Len Fenerman, the detective in charge of investigating the girl's death.

Jackson is directing the movie, 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.

Imperioli recently received his fifth Emmy nomination for his role on HBO's "The Sopranos" and won the statuette for supporting actor in a drama series in 2004. His credits include the upcoming "The Inner Life of Martin Frost." He is in production on the ABC telefilm "For One More Day," written by Mitch Albom and produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Imperioli is repped by UTA, TMT Entertainment and Roger Haber.
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