Paul Walker was due to join the likes of Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Josh Duhamel as the male star of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. However his death sadly prevented that. Instead he was replaced by the James Marsden and we get our first taste of how well he’s done with it thanks to this trailer.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson (Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.’
It’s not Marsden’s first trip to Sparks-town, as he also had a bit part in The Notebook, but here he gets to take centre stage. The Best of Me is due this autumn.