Paul Walker’s death in late 2013 has left many of the actor’s planned projects with the unexpected and very difficult task of reevaluating the future. In the case of Universal’s “Fast and Furious 7,” the studio has found a way to incorporate Walker’s character into the film, with an eye to retire him from the franchise . But other films will need to recast Walker entirely, such as Fox’s “Agent 47,” which now looks to star “Homeland” actor Rupert Friend .
Likewise, Relativity’s planned Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Best of Me,” is set to recast the Walker role. The Hollywood Reporter states that “X-Men” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” actor James Marsden has an offer to take on the late Walker’s part in the film, and is currently “just beginning negotiations” for the job.
Sparks’ “The Best of Me” centers on Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole, high-school sweethearts who went their separate ways after graduation. Twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson return to their hometown for the funeral of the man who supported their high-school romance. As the two are drawn back together, and drawn deeper into circumstances surrounding their mentor’s death, Amanda and Dawson learn that their past was not all that it seemed.
Before his death, Walker was in line to play Dawson. “Mission: Impossible 3″ and “True Detective” actress Michelle Monaghan remains contracted for the role of Amanda. “One Fine Day” and “The Last Station” director Michael Hoffman is set to direct the Sparks adaptation, currently without a release date.
What do you think of Marsden as a replacement for Walker in the “Best of Me” adaptation?