Actress set for Peter Jackson adaptation

Rachel Weisz is set to star in “The Lovely Bones,” the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel.

DreamWorks begins production on the film in October, and Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide.

Weisz will play the mother of a young girl who is abducted and murdered.

Jackson wrote the script with his “Lord of the Rings” scripting partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. DreamWorks bested several other studios to acquire the fully developed project, which will be made in association with Film 4.

Carolynne Cunningham, Jackson, Walsh and Aimee Peyronnet will produce, while Film 4’s Tessa Ross will exec produce with Ken Kamins and Jim Wilson. The film will shoot in Pennsylvania and New Zealand.

Weisz, who won an Oscar for “The Constant Gardener,” was available after declining to reprise in a third installment of “The Mummy” for Universal.

She’s repped by Endeavor, ICM London and the Firm.

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