By Andrea Clarke
YOUNG Irish actress has been cast in director Peter Jacksonâ€™s adaptation of Alice Seboldâ€™s best-selling novel The Lovely Bones.
The starlet will play Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old who has been raped and killed by a neighbour she refers to as Mr Harvey.
Susie watches over her parents, played by Rachel Weisz and Ryan Gosling, and her killer from heaven.
The Devil Wears Pradaâ€™s Stanley Tucci is in negotiations to play murderer George Harvey in the film.
Ronan, from Co. Carlow, is no stranger to the big screen.
The 13-year-old is currently filming the Tom Hanks produced City of Ember in Belfast and she 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.
Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, penned the adapted screenplay with his long-time collaborators Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh.
Filming is due to begin in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand, with Jackson at the helm.