EXCLUSIVE: Scott Eastwood is set to star in Fox 2000‘s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride, which Notorious helmer George Tillman Jr. is directing. Published in 2013, the Sparks lit romance tracks a 91-year-old man trapped in a car crash who reflects on his life with his deceased wife as a young couple fall in love a few miles away. In his first major studio leading role, Eastwood will play Luke Collins, whose love affair with college senior Sophia Danko plays out as the youthful half of the romantic saga. Fox 2000 acquired rights in a bidding war last year and has already set an April 2015 release hoping to chase the success of big screen Sparks flicks like Safe Haven, Dear John, and the author’s 2004 hit adaptation The Notebook. Sparks is producing alongside Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, Theresa Park, and Robert Teitel.
Eastwood previously appeared in dad Clint Eastwood‘s Invictus, Gran Torino, and Flags Of Our Fathers and starred in Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D. Last year he had a two-episode arc on Chicago Fire and has since been racking up credits in independent films including Dawn Patrol and Walk Of Fame. Eastwood also has a role in David Ayer’s November WWII pic Fury opposite Brad Pitt. He’s repped by Joanne Horowitz Management, UTA, and Rick Genow and Doug Stone at SMGSB.