Actress to star opposite Zac Efron in Nicholas Sparks story

Taylor Schilling will star opposite Zac Efron in Warner Bros.’ “The Lucky One,” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel about a Marine searching for a mysterious woman.

The film will be produced by Denise Di Novi and Kevin McCormick, who segued last year from Warner production president to a studio deal under the Langley Park banner. Scott Hicks is attached to helm.

Di Novi’s produced three other Sparks adaptations for the studio — “Nights in Rodanthe,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Message in a Bottle.” Di Novi Pictures prexy Alison Green-span is exec producing.

Will Fetters adapted “Lucky One,” which revolves around a Marine who survives three tours in Iraq and attributes his good fortune to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met. He sets out to meet her when he returns to North Carolina.

Schilling was a regular on NBC’s “Mercy.” She’s repped by Gersh.

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