In a previous post, we spoke about Nicholas Sparks being the king of film adaptations. He is the author of 17 novels, 7 of which are now major motion pictures.
Lucky number 7 is The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner.
On IMDB, the plot of The Lucky One is surmised as:
“A Marine travels to North Carolina after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.”
Zac Efron plays this war-hardened Marine, Logan Thibault. In the book he is first described as looking like “some kind of hippy from the sixties” who was “too old to be a college student” and “had to be in his late twenties, at least.”
Logan Thibault looked rough, like a man who lived on the road, his only possessions in his backpack and his only company his loyal German Shepherd. His hair was long, like a “rat’s nest”.
Zac Efron certainly doesn’t look rough, and he certainly doesn’t look like he’s pushing thirty – but the casting choice was deliberate. Sparks’ novels cater to hopelessly-looking-for-love, teenage contingent, and Efron is their ideal leading man.
The film comes out on 19th April 2012 – to tide you over, here is the latest trailer. Look out for the rowboat scene, it’s very The Notebook.
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