Adapted from the 2008 bestselling novel of the same name, written by Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One follows US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) who, whilst fighting in Iraq, finds a photograph a woman whom he credits for keeping him alive, believing she was a good luck charm during his time in the war. When he returns home, he travels to North Carolina in search for the unknown woman, where he shows up at her door and ends up taking a job at her family-run kennel. Keeping the photograph a secret, Logan learns that the woman’s name is Beth, played by Taylor Schilling, and a romance begins to blossom. Logan begins to believe that the photograph was more than just a good luck charm, it was fate, but has the secret already been kept from Beth for too long?
Producer Denise Di Novi has already brought three of Sparks novels to the cinema with Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember and Message in a Bottle, so it’s safe to presume that The Lucky One will be a heavily emotionally yet stunning adaptation like the others.
The film also comes from the author of The Notebook, another highly acclaimed romantic novel and film adaptation. But whilst he’s no Ryan Gosling, Efron is a great choice for this film, especially after his role in the adaptation of Ben Sherwood’s best-selling romantic novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, in 2010. After seeing his performance in this film, a much more mature actor from his High School Musical days, I’m already looking forward to this adaptation, and I’m not going to be the only one after seeing the sensuous trailer below.
Directed by Scott Hicks, the film also stars Blythe Danner and Jay R. Ferguson, and is set to be released on 4th May, 2012. This is definitely one for the girls, but the men should also be happy that the film misses a Valentine’s Day release, so it’s likely that you won’t have to be dragged along to it too.