Ryan Gosling has dropped out of Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lovely Bones. According to Variety, it's Mark Walberg to the rescue as he jumps into the role of Jack Salmon just one day before shooting is set to begin.
Gosling dropped out of the project after gaining twenty pounds and growing a beard for the role. Sources close to the production say that the actor bowed out due to creative differences. Walberg quickly read the script, accepting the role only a few hours later. The film begins shooting this Monday in Pennsylvania, where Walberg recently wrapped up the M. Night Shyamalan film The Happening.
The film is set for release on June 13th, 2008.