Nicholas Sparks is at it again, with his darn heart-tuggin' ways. In "The Best of Me," high school sweethearts are reunited after 20 years apart. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star as Dawson and Amanda, whose dreamy small-town love is cut short by Amanda's dad. (Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey play teenage Amanda and Dawson.) Dawson never quite got over their affair, but Amanda's moved on -- until they see each other again, and boom! You know how that goes.
Except, since it's a Sparks novel, there will be plenty of weird twists thrown in to keep our not-so-young lovers on their toes. This trailer emphasizes the soft-focus romantic bits, but nothing is ever that easy in Nicholas Sparks' world. If you saw last year's "Safe Haven," you know just how crazy things can get, so perhaps brace yourselves for something truly bananas to come out of left field.
Director Michael Hoffman, who also adapted the "The Best of Me" for the screen, doesn't have such a bad track record; he adapted and directed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline, as well as "The Last Station," with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. Hoffman also directed the fabulous "Soapdish." His most recent film was the Coen brothers' non-starter "Gambit," with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. These credits might not matter much to mega-fans of Sparks' weepy romances, of course.
"The Best of Me" opens on October 17th.