Mark Wahlberg has stepped in for fellow 2007 Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling on Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones."
According to Variety, Gosling exited the DreamWorks adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel literally on the eve of the start of production. Quite literally.
"The Lovely Bones" begins production in Pennsylvania on Monday (Oct. 22) and Wahlberg only committed to Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens' script on Sunday. The trade paper doesn't have an exact explanation for Gosling's departure beyond the classic "creative differences," though the "Half Nelson" star put on 20 pounds a grew a beard for the role.
Wahlberg will now join Rachel Weisz as grieving parents of a young girl (Saoirse Ronan). While they cope with their loss, their daughter is watching the family and her killer from heaven. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Michael Imperioli.
At least Wahlberg won't have to travel that far to the "Lovely Bones" set. The actor just completed work in the Keystone state on M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening." Most recently seen in "The Departed" and "Shooter," Wahlberg is expected to star with Brad Pitt in the Darren Aronofsky-directed "The Fighter," though that film probably won't begin production before next fall.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times