Only one day before shooting was scheduled to begin, Mark Wahlberg has replaced Ryan Gosling in the Peter Jackson-directed “The Lovely Bones” for DreamWorks reports Variety.
An adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel, the story follows a couple whose world is shattered after their daughter is murdered. The girl watches over her family and her killer from heaven.
Gosling’s departure was attributed to “creative differences” and comes after the acclaimed thesp grew a beard and stacked on 20 pounds in preparation for the role of the grieving father.
Wahlberg’s quick sign-up seems to have been affected by the delay of the Darren Aronofsky-directed “The Fighter” at Paramount which he’d been in training for. That film now won’t begin production until next Fall once Aronofsky completes work on the Nic Cage-led drama “The Wrestler.”
‘Bones’ begins shooting today in Pennsylvania, where Wahlberg most recently wrapped the lead in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed “The Happening” for Fox.