Jan 29 FEATURE

  Filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski once again invite audiences into uncharted territory and fantastic new worlds with Warner Bros...

FULL STORY
Jan 28 FEATURE

He received wide acclaim as the tenacious young Greek soldier in the global box-office hit “300: Rise of an Empire.”..

FULL STORY
Jan 27 FEATURE

In Columbia Pictures' new adult comedy “The Wedding Ringer,” creating all of the pressure and stress for the hapless groom..

FULL STORY
Jan 26 FEATURE

Global superstar Jennifer Lopez plays a separated wife who's seduced by a young male neighbor in Universal Pictures' “The Boy..

FULL STORY
  • STAY CONNECTED

A Soldier Searches for His Lucky Charm in “The Lucky One”

Warner Bros. brings Nicholas Sparks’ bestseller “The Lucky One” to the big screen starring Zac Efron (“Charlie St. Cloud,” “New Year’s Eve”) and Taylor Schilling (upcoming “Argo”). The passionate, romantic drama is directed by Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Scott Hicks (“Shine,” “No Reservations”).

In the film, U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive—a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

“The Lucky One” marks the fourth film Denise DiNovi has produced based on the acclaimed, best-selling novels of Nicholas Sparks, including “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Nights in Rodanthe.” “I fell in love with his writing when I first read `The Notebook,’” DiNovi recalls. “I was just completely blown away by how beautifully romantic and imaginative it was. Every one of his books is a completely original story, yet they all renew your faith in the power of love to heal and to transform lives. They’re also always grounded in reality. When you read the books or see the movies, you think, ‘That could happen to me,’ or ‘I wish that would happen to me.’ Everyone wants to believe that love can conquer all, and that theme resonates so deeply in `The Lucky One.’”

With a screenplay by Will Fetters (“Remember Me”), DiNovi turned to the vision of director Scott Hicks, who has made such expansive, emotionally resonant films as “Shine,” “Hearts in Atlantis” and, most recently, “No Reservations,” to bring the story to life. “In Scott’s work I have seen the ability to make human emotion completely captivating, emotional and compelling,” she says. “He is also such a beautiful director in terms of visuals. He has an amazing eye for imagery, and this story has such a diverse visual scope—from the scenes in Iraq to the lushness and sensuality of New Orleans. He also has the rare ability to capture onscreen the unspoken layers to a relationship. That’s a very difficult thing to do, but he has that kind of eye.”

Hicks was immediately affected by the story and was intrigued by the notion of characters whose lives are intertwined by luck rather than geographic proximity or other formal constructs. “I found the whole idea of chance and fate—and how a random event like finding a photograph in the middle of a war zone—could change so many lives and have an impact on all the characters in the story,” he says. “I think everybody has probably experienced something in their lives where a chance encounter or meeting is a turning point. And I’m sure many people feel the same way. That element is something I found very appealing.”

Hicks’s wife, Kerry Keysen, is his partner in life and in work, serving as a co-producer on the movie. “I am a firm believer in the power of moments,” Heysen says, “because some people really do take their chances and follow their dreams and I think it’s good that we show the value of doing those things.”

Opening across the Philippines in April, “The Lucky One” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Short URL: http://movies.inquirer.net/?p=3179

Tags: Inquirer Movies , The Lucky One

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.


Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  • JPTR-CTatum_MKunis

    ‘Jupiter Ascending’ – An Original, Epic Adventure from ‘Matrix’ Creators

    Read More

  • 2432_FPT4_00001R_CROP

    “300” Star Jack O’connell plays real-life war hero in “Unbroken”

    Read More

  • WR-KCuoco_JGad_01

    ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Kaley Cuoco, the Bride in ‘Wedding Ringer’

    Read More

  • 2438_FPF_00069R

    ‘The Boy Next Door’ Seduces Jennifer Lopez

    Read More

  • PA-12

    Teen Thriller Genre Gets New Treatment in ‘Project Almanac’

    Read More

  • TBND_JLopez_RGuzman

    Ryan Guzman, ready for his close-up in “The Boy Next Door”

    Read More

  • ITW-JDepp

    Johnny Depp transforms as the wolf “Into The Woods”

    Read More

  • Kevin Hart;Josh Gad

    Real-life groomsman fiasco inspires “The Wedding Ringer”

    Read More

  • PA-SBlack-Delia

    ‘Project Almanac’ Stars Discuss Time-Travel, Found-Footage

    Read More

  • UNB-AJolie_02

    Angelina Jolie’s Passion for Directing Remains ‘Unbroken’

    Read More

  • ASniper_10

    ‘American Sniper’ Shatters Multiple Records, Storms US Box Office

    Read More

  • CHemsworth_MMann_02

    ‘Blackhat’ — A Searing Thriller from Michael Mann

    Read More