Safe Haven Casting Update Featuring Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough, from the upcoming rock musical, Rock of Ages, signed on to play the female lead alongside Josh Duhamel, from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ 2010 novel “Safe Haven.” Lasse Hallström, most known for his work on Chocolat, will be directing the project.

Hough will play Katie, a young woman with a dark secret, who travels to a small North Carolina town. While there, she meets a widowed store owner named Alex (Duhamel), and begins to trust and get close to him.

Safe Haven will begin production next month, and is scheduled to open in theaters Feb. 8, 2013.

View the book’s official summary below:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Sparks, who is no stranger to the film adaptation world has his 7 of his novels adapted with Safe Haven being the eight and a ninth recently optioned. His adapted works include:

  • Message in a Bottle (February 12, 1999)
  • A Walk to Remember (January 25, 2002)
  • The Notebook (June 25, 2004)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (September 26, 2008)
  • Dear John (February 5, 2010)
  • The Last Song (March 31, 2010)
  • The Lucky One (April 20, 2012)
  • Safe Haven (film)
  • The Best of Me (film)

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