AJ Michalka: The Lovely Bones is Heavenly

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AJ Michalka, who appears in the Peter Jackson remake of The Lovely Bones, says viewers ought to brace themselves for a beautiful slice of heaven.

"I think it's going to be stunning," Michalka said of Jackson's vision for heaven, a major set-piece in a film whose narrator resides there. "There's going to be this beautiful gazebo involved, I know that. He's doing a lot of stuff with blue screen, which if going to be insane, unbelievable. It's going to be her own little world in heaven."

And the character occupying it will be Susie Salmon (portrayed by Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old who watches her family and friends from the afterlife, observing them as they struggle to cope with her brutal rape and murder.

AJ plays Clarissa in the film, Susie's best friend. She had nothing but praise for another costar, too: Mark Whalberg.

"He's incredible," Michalka said."We all did our own and after every take he was like, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?' He was super cool, super nice. It was great."

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The Lovely Bones Quotes

My name is Salmon, like the fish. First name, Susie. I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973. I wasn't gone. I was alive in my own perfect world. But in my heart, I knew it wasn't perfect. My murderer still haunted me. My father had the pieces but he couldn't make them fit. I waited for justice but justice did not come.

Susie Salmon

You have a tomb in the middle of your house!

Grandma Lynn