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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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summertimecarol_rio on August 23rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Is there a possibility that on that contract of his with WB there was a clause that he would have to do a movie of WB's choice before doing those other projects??
Like you give me money and then we'll help you??
Because I'm really trying to understand WHY ZAC WHY?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 23rd, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
i don't think his contract would work that way exactly, not so open-ended. but maybe with more specific projects?

like it is sort of my hope that it is kind of a package deal where they say ok, do this one and then we'll put you in this other picture that is much bigger and more challenging and wider demographic.

that at least explains why he'd take a project that seems like such a throw away for him.

but idk exactly what wb gets out of giving him this particular project.

it is business of course, so they have other things to think about. but if they have faith in him enough to give him a first-look deal, you'd think he's proven himself enough to them professionally that they'd give him a shot at anything anyway (within reason i guess).

plus doing this does the opposite of helping him with the male audience? so like what do they get out of giving it to him instead of another smaller name actor who is on his way up and doesn't have to worry about that yet.

idk, it feels like there is something missing in our information to understand why this is happening.
summertimecarol_rio on August 24th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Lol I was only exagerating. I know there wouldn't be a clause saying things like that
But I think it might have happened what you said on the second paragraph.
I do think this won't help with anything, but maybe they were aiming making a great money out if it.
But in the way they are dealing with the cast choice among other things they should reavaluate their ideas.

And ITA with your last sentence.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 24th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
i think my last sentence is what is so hard about this.

like i don't want to be negative but i just don't get it on so many levels. and i can't help but try to puzzle it out. but we are missing a piece somewhere.
summertimecarol_rio on August 24th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Yeah. Like all promo he is talking about chalenging himself, trying to take different roles and everything, but then he decides to make a movie alike his last one. There is something very weird about that. There might be some explanation that we still don't know for all of it.