Susan Sarandon has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, based on Alice Sebold's book, for DreamWorks, according to Variety.

Rachel Weisz, Ryan Gosling and newcomer Saoirse Ronan star in the movie, which Jackson begins filming in October.

The story revolves around a young girl who watches over her family -- and killer -- from heaven. Sarandon will play the grandmother, who comes to live with the family after the girl's murder.

Stanley Tucci is circling the role of the killer.