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Aug 23rd
04:44 pm
From THR:

Taylor Schilling has nabbed the female lead opposite Zac Efron in "The Lucky One," Warner Bros.' adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

The book tells of a Marine (Efron) who's survived three tours of duty in Iraq and attributes his good luck to a photograph he carried of a woman (Schilling) he doesn't even know. When he returns to the States, he sets out to find her.

The role was highly sought after among young Hollywood, with the studio conducting screen tests over the past two weeks. Among the actresses for the running were Abbie Cornish and Katie Cassidy.


Schilling, repped by Gersh, was one of the stars of NBC's recently canceled medical drama "Mercy." She recently completed shooting "Atlas Shrugged."

This is her:

No offense to her, she's got the right look sort of and she's beautiful but she looks kinda old and not just like a few years older! This was even one of the better pics... :/


IDK fingers crossed Taylor's screen test was legit better and they just didn't trade down from awesome Abbie (who undoubtedly is too good for this movie anyway, if we're being honest) over concern for the bottom line.

Dear God, please let this work out somehow. I'll be happy to be wrong about all my concerns. But OMG I AM SHAKING AND CRYING IN DISILLUSIONMENT AND ANGUISH RIGHT NOW. :''''''''''''(
Mood: distresseddistressed
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 24th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
ok... i have some pluses/silver linings now.

1) wb is already doing a better job of spinning this than universal ever did. "coveted" blah blah blah.

2) i do think taylor is talented based on the couple of episodes of mercy i've seen.

3) he is going back to work... focus is good.

4) i said this elsewhere but awkward cougar relationship is maybe less awkward than cemetery sex with a ghost. just sayin'.
ryanefronryanefron on August 24th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I have one thing to say to that. AMEN

I just pray this turns out to be a good one.
livingwell100livingwell100 on August 24th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not ready to give Universal any kudos at all until they get further along I'm still mad from CSC. But I love your positive spin.

It's all going to come down to chemistry it always does in Sparks films - acting chops are secondary. It's just the way he writes.

Although work is good in this case I'm not so sure if the project is going to get you another "chick flick" label. I'd rather he waited for "Fire" or "Snabba".

Or even better for someone with some actual vision here in Hollydumb to see his potential and offer him something substantial. What's wrong with these people.

Anyway sometimes waiting is moving forward.

livingwell100livingwell100 on August 24th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Does Taylor remind anyone else of Leslie Mann?

I'm still don't think Abbie or her peeps ever seriously considered this Nicky Sparks movie. Her peeps are so careful she's a very fine actress and in demand
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 25th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Taylor.Leslie
taylor does remind me of leslie mann.

i can see abbie just trying to get some diversity in more mainstream roles on her resume. she is definitely above it though... but imo so is zac so idk, lol.
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 25th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
i don't know that i think it will be completely horrible?

i think overall it will be better than cstc because the plot is a little less ridiculous (no ghost sex) and i am hoping that the script has better dialogue etc. and i love burr but scott hicks will be a stronger director. and i think overall WB is just a million times better as a studio in terms of managing all aspects of their projects.

my biggest concerns with it are that his character logan is boring as hell and zac really doesn't fit him at all. i have a bunch of other external type problems with it in terms of his career but mainly if zac professes so emphatically that he wants to do interesting roles and be in projects ahead of their time and always keep changing things up or whatever, why is he doing such a bland character in a movie genre that is known for how cliche it is and is so similar to the movie he did last.
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 25th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
i do think staying relevant is important but at this juncture in his career not at the expense of hurting his already limited male and film critic fanbase and not at the expense of doing more low-quality films... esp if he wants to get on the leo track here.

and i think the the balance thing of male vs female films is important like you say... but he is so heavily skewed in the female demo right now, this is just overkill. i wouldn't mind nearly as much if it was happening after a one or two more male demo/4 quadrant or high quality films. but right after cstc is very unbalanced.

i'd still have issues with the fact that i think the character is a total bore and not at all challenging but doing it right now just further entrenches him as an actor who exists mostly to look good for the chicks and who mostly chooses projects that the film community thinks are total cinematic tripe.

and i guess i feel like all of that negative energy from dudes and film critics for both the film itself and for his choice to do it, plus the likelihood this won't do that much better than charlie st. cloud (i mean hopefully it would open at least at $16 million which is more typical for the genre and hopefully it would have better legs)... like i feel like all of that will actually hurt his chances at any of his other projects being green lit.

i mean, maybe it is just a filler project. maybe he and wb don't care how well it does or how good it is or how challenging it is. maybe they are just biding their time before greenlighting snabba cash or something. but how depressing that he is just making a throwaway project then.

in the grand scheme of things it is one project and hopefully he has enough talent and enough brains left to keep from letting one movie torpedo his career.

but like the overall hypocrisy of doing this against everything he's said, on top of the quality issues and questionable career motives, just kill any enthusiasm over this project for me. i'm trying to get around it in my head and find some positives because i don't want to be debbie downer but it's challenging.