Weisz joins Jackson's 'Bones' adaptation


Rachel Weisz has signed on to star in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" for DreamWorks.

Based on Alice Sebold's 2002 best-seller, the story is told through the voice of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death. She witnesses the impact of her loss on her loved ones, while her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again.

Weisz will play the mother of the dead girl, a role that Jackson and his writing team of Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh are expanding in their adaptation.

The $65 million picture is scheduled to begin filming in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand with Jackson at the helm. It will be distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures.

"Bones" will mark the first teaming of the Academy Award-winning director and the Academy Award-winning actress. Weisz won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 2005's "The Constant Gardener." Her credits also include "The Fountain," "Runaway Jury," "About a Boy" and "The Mummy." She next appears in David Dobkin's holiday comedy "Fred Claus," Adam Brooks' romantic comedy "Definitely, Maybe" and Wong Kar Wai's English-language "My Blueberry Nights," the opening-night film at the Festival de Cannes in May.

She is repped by Endeavor, ICM London and the law firm of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman.