Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, two actors who are currently busy working on franchise films, will star opposite one another in Love, Rosie, set up with Constantin Film. According to an announcement in Berlin at the European Film Market, filming is expected to begin this May on the romantic comedy based on the book Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern.
Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls) is adapting the book for the screen and Christian Ditter (The Crocodiles) will direct the movie.
Ahern's book (her second) was published in June 2005. The synopsis, courtesy of the author's official site: "Rosie and Alex - best friends or soulmates? Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they're suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles? Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart - until now. But will they gamble everything - including their friendship - on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time...?"
Lily Collins, Phil Collins' daughter, first came to audiences' attention with her supporting role as Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw's daughter in The Blind Side. Her credits include Priest, Abduction, and Mirror Mirror, however it's likely that playing Clary Fray in the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones fantasy/drama will catapult her career to a new level. If successful, City of Bones will launch a film franchise that follows the bestselling books of Cassandra Clare.
Sam Claflin was introduced to moviegoers in 2011 as one of the new main players in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Claflin followed that up with a starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman and The Quiet Ones (coming out in 2013). But, as with Collins, he's likely to attain a new level of fame as part of a film franchise. Claflin beat out scores of young actors for the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Finnick's one of the major players in the second and third Hunger Games books, and his role is pivotal in the series.
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