Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are confirmed to star in the romantic drama, Safe Haven, set up at Relativity Media. Lasse Hallström will be directing, marking his second film based on a Nicholas Sparks book. Hallstrom previously directed Sparks' Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.
Dana Stevens and Les Bohem adapted Sparks' novel, with Sparks, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Ryan Kavanaugh on board as producers.
The official synopsis: "Safe Haven is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman's struggle to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town. Her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller."
Commenting on the cast, author Sparks stated, "I'm thrilled that Josh and Julianne have agreed to come aboard Safe Haven. It's hard to think of an actor better-suited to play the character of Alex than Josh, and Julianne will bring a combination of vulnerability and strength to the role of Katie. They are both such talented and charismatic individuals - and best of all, they have tremendous personal chemistry, which is essential for this film."
Filming is expected to begin in June in Southport, North Carolina. Relativity is aiming for a February 8th, 2013 release in theaters.
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