The film will be screened in a World Charity Premiere in Leicester Square, in late November. In a statement to the press, the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund president David Murrell said: “We are delighted to be able to premiere a film of such distinction for the Royal Film Performance 2009. 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.” Added Jackson: “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 members of the Royal Family and the CTBF audience will be amongst the first people in the world to see it.”
The Lovely Bones stars Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg and Saoirse Ronan. The film is scheduled for a 15 January general release in the United States, and 29 January in the United Kingdom. The story follows a young girl, who dies after a vicious and brutal assault and finds herself in Heaven, watching her family come to terms with events and learning to cope with her own death, although when her killer prepares to strike again, she is torn with a desire for vengeance.