Sarandon casts her lot with 'Bones'


Susan Sarandon is joining the cast of Peter Jackson's film adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel "The Lovely Bones."

Sarandon will play the character of Grandma Lynn, the mother to the character played by Rachel Weisz. The cast also includes Ryan Gosling and newcomer Saoirse Ronan.

The film, a Dreamworks production in association with Film Four, tells the story of a girl who is murdered but then continues to observe her family after her death.

Jackson has co-written the screenplay with Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh, and Aimee Peyronnet will serve as producers. Executive producing will be Film 4's Tessa Ross, Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson.

The project is scheduled to begin filming in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand, and will be distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures.

A five time Oscar nominee, Sarandon won an Academy Award for 1995's "Dead Man Walking." Her credits also include "Stepmom," "Thelma & Louise," "Bull Durham," "The Witches of Eastwick," and "Atlantic City."

The actress' upcoming films include "Mr. Woodcock," "In the Valley of Elah," and "Enchanted."