Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace Join Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’

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Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario and Maggie Grace have joined the cast of Lionsgate’s romance-drama “The Choice.”

Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer came on last week as the lead characters in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Ross Katz is directing the screenplay written by Bryan Sipe.

Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.

“The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where a man ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.

Eight of Sparks’ books have been made into films, including “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John” and “The Lucky One.” “The Best of Me” is due in theaters on Oct. 17 from Relativity and the adaptation of his novel “The Longest Ride” is in post-production.

Katz will begin shooting “The Choice” this month in Wilmington, N.C. The film is expected to be one of the last major titles shot in North Carolina before the state’s longtime incentive program is sharply reduced next year.

Good Universe is handling international sales for the film.

Welling will play Ryan. His recent work includes “Draft Day” and “Smallville.”

Daddario appeared on “True Detective” and Grace was seen in “Taken 2.” Grace will portray the sister of Walker’s character.

Welling is repped by WME. Daddario is repped by UTA and McKeon Myones Entertainment. Grace is repped by UTA and Wishlab.


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  1. Penny says:

    Can’t wait to see Tom Welling in The Choice. Also great to hear about a new project on television for CBS called Section 13. Hoping all goes well. Really enjoying re-watching Smallville on DVD. Totally enjoyed Draft Day and Parkland. Love watching Tom Welling.

  2. jan says:

    We do need to see more of Tom Welling. Would love to see him as Spencer For Hire or as Jack Reacher!!! Perfect for either role!

  3. Lynn says:

    Tom Welling is an outstanding actor with an amazingly large fanbase throughout the world. Because of Tom’s joining the cast of “The Choice,” I purchased the Kindle version of “The Choice,”along with the professional narration which came to a little over $17. That is the kind of impact Tom Welling’s fanbase has on his projects. His fans are loyal and want to see him on the big screen in leading roles several times a year.

  4. Barbe says:

    Absolutely thrilled that Tom Welling will be back on the big screen. He is a great, very versatile actor and does a convincing role in whatever character he portrays.. He did an outstanding job in Parkland, Draft Day, and of course Smallville. Hope to see him in at least two films a year.

  5. alexis says:

    Smallville has lasted 10 years with success thanks to TOM WELLING, great actor, I hope to see more of the actor at work. We are happy !!!!!!

  6. tomrules10 says:

    Tom Welling is a GREAT actor, and as a HUGE Fan, I am so excited to get a chance to see him in his new movie The Choice! I can’t wait for more news about his character! I LOVE and ADORE him! Thank you for this awesome news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. movie_guy says:

    Is Alexandra Daddario too hot?

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