With filming set to get underway next week in Wilmington, Smallville alum Tom Welling has landed the starring role in Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-screen adaptation, The Choice.
As is the case for the majority of Sparks’ back catalogue, the film will centre on a lovestruck couple — namely Travis Parker (played by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star, Benjamin Walker) and Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer)— and charts the ups and downs of their relationship over the course of a decade. It will be based on the eponymous 2007 novel.
In terms of Welling’s role, however, Deadline has reported that the American actor will step into the shoes of Kevin McCarthy. Essentially, McCarthy is an esteemed doctor at his father’s practice and effectively makes up the third corner of the love triangle following Travis and Gabby. As such, The Choice tells the tale of the three young lovers, set in North Carolina.
It isn’t clear when we can expect the last cinematic rendition of a Nicholas Sparks novel, though given that filming is due to get up and running within the next seven days, fans of the source material can surely expect to see The Choice projected onto the silver screen in 2015. For more on the romantic plotline, you can glimpse the official synopsis down below.
Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job; loyal friends; his dream home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, he believes that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite Travis’s attempts to be friendly, she seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him. But something compels Travis to get to know his new neighbor. His persistent efforts lead them both to make tough decisions, the consequences of which neither could have foreseen. The Choice confronts us with that most heart-wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?