The first images have surfaced of Zac Efron on the set of The Lucky One, the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book. Directed by Scott Hicks (No Reservations), the film tells the story of a Marine who carries a photograph of an anonymous woman in his pocket during his three tours in Iraq as a good luck charm. Upon returning home, the soldier seeks out his picturesque dream girl.
Efron stars opposite Taylor Schilling (Mercy), with Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart (90210), and Adam Lefevre (Fair Game) rounding out the supporting cast. The flick was shot in New Orleans, where the story takes place. Hit the jump for more, and to check out the images.
Though Charlie St. Cloud was a bit of a misfire for Efron, it did mark a sort of step towards more dramatic fare. The guy’s got talent, and I had hoped that after Me and Orson Welles the actor was favoring smaller independent films, but he doesn’t seem to be taking that track at the moment. The involvement of Hicks is intriguing, though there’s no telling whether this Sparks adaptation will be more The Notebook (refreshingly well-done) or more The Last Song (sappy cheese-fest).
As you can tell, Efron spent a tiny bit of time at the gym to prepare for the role. In addition, the actor buzzed his head, and once shooting wrapped offered to make a donation to Kingsley House for each crew member that shaved their head as well. Apparently some 30 crew members took the generous actor up on his offer.
Here’s the images from The Lucky One. The film currently has no stated release date.