I found this to be a very odd development: Today, on the first day of shooting, Ryan Gosling has been replaced by Mark Wahlberg in the lead male role in Peter Jackson‘s highly anticipated adaptation of Alice Sebold‘s The Lovely Bones. This is despite the fact that (if you’ve seen him lately), Gosling already gained 20 pounds and a super-beard for the role. Gosling cited the typical “creative differences” for reasoning behind his leave…
A strong source tells us that things blew up badly with Ryan Gosling in The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed film based on the Alice Sebold novel. Recall that in May, DreamWorks prevailed in a bidding war by offering a very rich deal to make this film, which tells the story of a child who is raped and murdered. Gosling is out in the role of the child’s father, and Mark Wahlberg slid in over the weekend just hours before shooting was set to begin. And apparently, the break with Gosling may lead to litigation, though it’s still unclear what the fight was about. Sure seems that DreamWorks has been hitting a few speed bumps lately. The first movie under its own label was The Heartbreak Kid. Things We Lost in the Fire got incinerated over the weekend, opening to $1.6 million. And Kite Runner has been delayed because it put its child stars in danger in Afghanistan. Schadenfreude, Mr. Grey?
This would also seem like worrisome timing for Gosling, who got an Oscar nomination for his role in Half Nelson and is getting a fair bit of praise for Lars and the Real Girl. If he’s managed to tick off Peter Jackson and DreamWorks honcho Steven Spielberg simultaneously, that could not be considered a good career move
The Lovely Bones co-stars Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Saorise Ronan and is likely to be a big Christmas-time release for 2008.