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Irish actress joins ‘Lovely Bones’

Saoirse Ronan onboard for DreamWorks film

Young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan will star alongside Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling in director Peter Jackson’s bigscreen adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling tome “The Lovely Bones” for DreamWorks.

Ronan will play Susie Salmon, the murdered girl who watches over her family — and killer — from heaven.

Jackson penned the adapted screenplay with his longtime collaborators Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.

Jackson is set to begin lensing “Bones” in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand. Paramount will distribute worldwide.

Producers are Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh and Aimee Peyronnet. DreamWorks acquired the rights to Sebold’s book in association with Film 4.

Exec producing are Film 4’s Tessa Ross, Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson.

Ronan, 13, has several movies awaiting release, including “Death Defying Acts,” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce, and “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. This summer, she films “The City of Ember.”

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