Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Dreamworks Releases Trailer for The Lovely Bones, Based on the Novel by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Dreamworks Pictures has released the first trailer for The Lovely Bones, based on the bestselling 2002 novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan. It is directed by Peter Jackson.

Book synopsis: When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

Though the book is not a mystery in a traditional sense (it opens with the statement, "I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6, 1973" and proceeds to describe the crime and its aftermath), the trailer, which can be seen below, seems to imply the film is a suspense thriller. Regardless, it seems beautifully shot, the cast is stellar, and Peter Jackson is an outstanding filmmaker. The Lovely Bones is scheduled for a December release.

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