Tucci cracks DW's 'Bones'


NEW YORK -- Stanley Tucci is in negotiations to play the pivotal role of killer George Harvey in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" for DreamWorks.

Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling will play the parents of Susie Salmon (newcomer Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old who has been raped and killed by a neighbor she refers to as Mr. Harvey. Alice Sebold's best-selling 2002 novel is told from the perspective of Susie, who looks down on her family and Harvey from the afterlife.

Jackson acquired rights to the acclaimed book and adapted it for the screen with Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh and Aimee Peyronnet are producing the project, set to begin shooting in October in Pennsylvania and Jackson's native New Zealand.

Tessa Ross, Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson are executive producers on the film, which will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Tucci's recent credits include 20th Century Fox's "The Devil Wears Prada" and the Weinstein Co.'s "Lucky Number Slevin." His upcoming films include Warner Bros. Pictures' "What Just Happened?" and "Blind Date," a remake of slain Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh's eponymous film that he also directed.

Tucci is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette & Feldman Llp.