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James Marsden has been offered the starring role in Relativity Media's The Best of Me, where he would replace the late Paul Walker. The news comes just hours after Rupert Friend stepped in to replace the actor in Agent 47.
The Best of Me is adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The story follows two high school sweethearts, Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, who reunite 25 years later at the funeral of their friend. James Marsden will play Dawson, if he accepts the offer, with Michelle Monaghan portraying Amanda.
Take a look at the novel's official description below.
"In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the »
Exclusive: Relativity and director Michael Hoffman have offered James Marsden the male lead role in The Best Of Me, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller that Paul Walker planned to star in. Marsden’s deal needs to be negotiated, but the offer was just made for him to star alongside Michelle Monaghan. Relativity had been quietly looking to recast since the tragedy that took Walker’s life late last year. This had boiled down to a short of Marsden and Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello. While Universal put Fast & Furious 7 on extended hiatus to creatively find a way to finish the movie after Walker died in a crash Thanksgiving weekend halfway through the shoot, Walker had several good projects he was sparked to star in. Homeland‘s Rupert Friend is reportedly circling one of the others, Agent 47. Book is about two former high school sweethearts reunited after 20 years apart, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The story follows two former small-town high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths but neither has forgotten their first love affair and the past is confronted when they return to their hometown for a funeral.
The casting is of note as he would take over a role that the late Paul Walker was originally slated to play. Marsden looks to have beaten out the other main competitor for the role, "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Like action thriller game adaptation Agent 47, Nicholas Sparks romance The Best Of Me is one of those films that had hoped to secure the late Paul Walker’s services once he was finished on the latest Fast & Furious film. With Walker gone, Relativity and director Michael Hoffman have instead turned to James Marsden, making him an offer to star in the film.The Best Of Me, taken from Sparks’ 2011 tome, sees a couple of high school sweethearts drawn back to their old small town home for the funeral of a close friend. Their love affair fizzled 20 years ago, but the reunion heats things up again, even as the forces that originally drove them apart continue to get in the way. Now, we know what you’re thinking: are those forces a race of sentient badgers from a planet dominated talking animals? Sadly, the answer is no. Unless writers Hoffman, J. Mills Goodloe »
Originally planned for the late Paul Walker to headline, the upcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me has now cast James Marsden in the lead. Deadline has the news, which arrives just hours after it was announced that Rupert Friend will be taking over Agent 47 , a new adaptation of the video game Hitman , which was also going to feature Walker in the lead prior to his tragic death late last year. Michael Hoffman will direct The Best of Me with a script he wrote alongside Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name published in 2011, the book is officially described as follows: In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite »
5 items from 2014
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