By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 16, 2009 at 12:09PM
Peter Jackson's highly anticipated "The Lovely Bones" will have its world premiere as the Royal Film Performance 2009 at Leicester Square in London late next month. The principal fundraising event of The Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), all money raised from the event will go directly to the charity, which supports film and TV employees and their families in times of hardship.
"We are delighted to be able to premiere a film of such distinction for the Royal Film Performance 2009," CTBF President, David Murrell said. "This will be a truly world-class event, attended by an internationally acclaimed director and cast and members of the Royal Family. We are truly grateful to Paramount Pictures for arranging this special premiere two months ahead of UK release and to the Royal Family for their unstinted support of this exceptional fundraising event."
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, "Bones" is Jackson's follow-up to 2005's "King Kong" and stars Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saorise Ronan, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci.
"I am honoured that The Lovely Bones has been selected to be this year’s Royal Gala film, in support of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund," Jackson said in a statement. "This film has been an extraordinary journey, for myself as a filmmaker and for all of those who worked on it. On behalf of everyone involved, we are thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses and the CTBF audience will be amongst the first people in the world to see it."
"The Lovely Bones" will be released in theaters on December 11, 2009.