Having brought J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth to beautiful, war-ravaged life in the 'Lord of the Rings' movies, Peter Jackson sets his sights on higher territory in his latest film, creating a stunning and original vision of Heaven in the adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling, heartrending novel 'The Lovely Bones.'

The first trailer for the flick -- about a teenage girl named Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) who is brutally murdered by her dollhouse-loving neighbor George (Stanley Tucci) and then watches from Heaven as her parents (Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz), family and friends cope with the aftermath -- has hit the Web, and it's sure to spark some lively debate. As one would expect from Jackson, the visuals are absolutely breathtaking, the drama is not in short supply, and the performances look top-notch.

But will the movie -- and Jackson's vision of Heaven -- live up to the expectations of diehard fans of the book? Watch the trailer and judge for yourself after the jump. Having brought J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth to beautiful, war-ravaged life in the 'Lord of the Rings' movies, Peter Jackson sets his sights on higher territory in his latest film, creating a stunning and original vision of Heaven in the adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling, heartrending novel 'The Lovely Bones.'

The first trailer for the flick -- about a teenage girl named Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) who is brutally murdered by her dollhouse-loving neighbor George (Stanley Tucci) and then watches from Heaven as her parents (Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz), family and friends cope with the aftermath -- has hit the Web, and it's sure to spark some lively debate. As one would expect from Jackson, the visuals are absolutely breathtaking, the drama is not in short supply, and the performances look top-notch.

But will the movie -- and Jackson's vision of Heaven -- live up to the expectations of diehard fans of the book? Watch the trailer below and then share your thoughts. (As for us? After getting over initial disappointment that Aragorn didn't show up to mete out a little retribution on George, we dug the trailer wholeheartedly.) -- By Tom DiChiara



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