After much anticipation, the first official trailer for Peter Jackson’s next movie The Lovely Bones has finally hit the web this week over at Apple.com. Based on the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold, it’s the fictional story of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered in 1973, and watches from heaven as her parents and family deal with their grief and search for justice. The movie has been in production since October 2007, which seems like a long time for your basic thriller/mystery, and this is partially because the movie’s release date was pushed back later in the year due to its Oscar potential.
One of the other reasons why the movie was delayed, and one of the things that makes the movie unique is the vision of heaven that Peter Jackson and the folks at WETA have brought to life on screen. While the idea sounded a bit cheesy to me, like something that would work on paper and not on screen, I have to say that the visuals do look quite breathtaking. While it’s still not necessarily something that will likely appeal to fans of Peter Jackson’s horror films or The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there are certainly plenty of parallels to draw with Peter Jackson’s previous Academy Award-nominated film Heavenly Creatures. The cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci and Michael Imperioli. The Lovely Bones hits theatres on December 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.