Principal photography is set to begin Monday in North Carolina on the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Lasse Hallström is directing the screenplay written by Dana Stevens and Les Bohem.
“Safe Haven” centers on a young woman, played by Hough, who struggles to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town, where her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Duhamel will play her love interest and Lyons has signed on to play Hough’s estranged husband.
Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing alongside Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Sparks, who recently launched his production company, Nicholas Sparks Prods., will also produce. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley is exec producing.
Relativity Media will release the film theatrically worldwide, opening in North America on Feb. 8.
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Lyons’ credits include “Apocalypse” and “Sea Patrol.”