Scott Eastwood Getting Romantic in Nicholas Sparks' 'Longest Ride'
Though Clint Eastwood is best known for gritty roles in Dirty Harry, Unforgiven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, there have been times where he hunkers down for some romance like The Bridges of Madison County. Now his son is following in the latter footsteps as Deadline reports Scott Eastwood (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Trouble with the Curve) will star in The Longest Ride, an adaptation of the 2013 novel by Nicholas Sparks that is set up at Fox 2000 and already slated for release next spring on April 3rd, 2015. And fitting right in line with all of Sparks' melodramatic romances, there's a love story, but also tragedy.
Here's the official synopsis explaining the two different stories happening simultaneously:
Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death - loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite…if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first.
It sounds like there's going to be a lot of flashbacks, like The Notebook, and maybe even some flash forwards for the younger couple falling in love. As you might have guessed, Eastwood is playing Luke, but so far he's the only cast member set to star in the film. George Tillman Jr. (Notorious) will be at the helm with Sparks producing and waiting for the box office receipts to roll in. Some audiences are tired of Nicholas Sparks stories (I haven't liked any of them except for The Notebook) just in the same way that others are sick of comic book movies, but they each have their own audience, so whatever works.