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.
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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.