Just as The Best of Me heads into theaters comes news that another film based on a Nicholas Sparks book, The Choice, is about to start shooting. According to Lionsgate, filming will begin today in Wilmington, North Carolina on The Choice with Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, and Tom Wilkinson in starring roles. Ross Katz (Taking Chance) is directing from a screenplay by Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles).
The Choice marks the first feature film from Nicholas Sparks Productions, with Sparks, Theresa Park and Peter Safran producing and financing the movie. Other films based on Sparks’ novels include The Lucky One, Dear John, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.
The Choice tells the story of Travis Parker (Walker) and Gabby Holland (Palmer), who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating in the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
-By Rebecca Murray
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