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'The Longest Ride': Britt Robertson joins the cast

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Nicholas Sparks has found his next leading lady. On May 5 Deadline reported that actress Britt Robertson has been cast as the female lead in "The Longest Ride," the film adaptation of Sparks most recent novel. The story follows two separate couples those stories about love intertwine without realizing it. Robertson will play Sophia Danko, a college student who falls in love with a young cowboy.

Actor Scott Eastwood, the son of actor and director Clint Eastwood, has been cast as Luke Collins. The young man is a cowboy who meets and falls in love with 19-year-old college student Sophia. The story, which was published last fall, also includes a 90-year-old man who is involved in a serious car wreck and while trapped in the car with his wife he reflects back on when they met. The roles of the old man and his wife have yet to cast or announced.

The movie studio Fox 2000 acquired the rights to the film last year after the book was published by Sparks in September. the film currently has a release date of April 3, 2015. The film will be the eighth story that Nicholas Sparks has written which has been turned into a major motion picture. The author has penned eighteen romance novels and sold the rights for two more stories which have yet to leave the production stage of development.

Comingsoon.net posted the news on May 5 that the film is expected to go into production next month to make the release date early next year. The story is told through flashbacks between the two couples and the stories are intertwined because one person in each relationship has a fatal injury. It will be the first major studio role for Eastwood and one of several for Robertson, who is a prominent television actress.

Robertson is from North Carolina, which is the adopted home state of author Nicholas Sparks and the setting for most of his novels. She is known for playing Lux Cassidy in the ABC Family drama "Life Unexpected" and leading roles as Cassie Blake in "The Secret Circle" and Angie McAlister in "Under the Dome." The latter is a science fiction series based on the novel by author Stephen King.

Robertson appeared in big screen roles in "Dan in Real Life," "The Tenth Circle," and "The Delivery Man," as well as a smaller role in the franchise film "Scream 4." Her most recent film role will be in director Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" which is currently slated for a summer 2015 release. George Tillman Jr. is directing the film and Sparks will serve as an executive producer.

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