Lionsgate’s The Choice has rounded out its cast with Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario and Maggie Grace.
Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker are starring in the adaptation of the 2007 novel by Nicholas Sparks.
The story centers on Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer), who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. The film will span their love affair over decades as their relationship is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events.
Ross Katz is directing from a screenplay adaptation by BryanSipe. Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with PeterSafran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Jason Constantine,president of acquisitions and co-productions, and Eda Kowan, executive vp, acquisitions and co-productions will oversee the project for Lionsgate. Good Universe is handling international sales for the film.
Welling will play Ryan. Welling’s recent work includes Draft Day and Smallville. He’s repped by WME.
Daddario recently appeared on HBO’s hit series True Detective and has wrapped work on San Andreasopposite Dwayne Johnson. She’s repped by UTA and McKeon Myones Entertainment.
Grace, whose previous works includes Taken 2 and the upcoming Tak3n, will play Travis’ sister. She’s repped by UTA and Wishlab.
Orion Releasing has picked up the North American rights to the comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, the directorial debut of Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg.
Helberg also wrote and stars in the indie, which was co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne, and is based on the couple’s real life love story.
The movie co-stars Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace.
According to Orion, the movie centers “neurotic mess of a man (Helberg) in the midst a quarter-life crisis that explodes when an attractive coworker (Grace) confesses her love for him mere moments before he is about to propose to his longtime girlfriend (Lynskey). When he up and leaves his true love he regrets his decision almost instantly – only to discover she has fled to Paris and he must now dash across the Atlantic to win her back.”
The plan is to release the movie theatrically Jan. 22, 2015 in advance of a VOD release.
It will be released theatrically in select markets
The film was produced by Robert Ogden Barnum (All Is Lost), Katie Mustard (The Greatest), Helberg and Towne, and executive produced by Marc Platt, Cassian Elwes and Judd Rubin.
It premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival. It hit the festival circuit and won the audience award at the Newport Beach International Film Festival.
UTA Independent Group repped the film. K5 International is handling foreign sales for the film.