New Zealand actresses Rose McIver and Carolyn Dando have joined the cast of Director Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” for Dreamworks, Film 4 & Paramount Pictures
Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Ryan Gosling, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and newcomer Saoirse Ronan all star in the film which Jackson will direct the film from a screenplay co-written by himself, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.
Based on Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel, ‘Bones’ tells the story of Susie Salmon, who is murdered, but continues to observe her family on Earth, after her death. Removed from the world she once knew, Susie witnesses the impact of her loss on her loved ones, whilst her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again.
McIver and Dando won a worldwide search in which hundreds of girls auditioned for their roles. Dando will be playing outsider Ruth Connors, one of Susie’s classmates and who becomes connected with her in a strange and inexplicable way.
McIver has been cast as Susie’s younger sister Lindsey who must grow up in the shadow of her sister’s disappearance and murder, and who eventually takes a daring risk in order to reclaim her family.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand.