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Alan Alda to Star in Film Adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' THE LONGEST RIDE

June 6
9:42 2014
Alan Alda to Star in Film Adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' THE LONGEST RIDE

Deadline reports that Alan Alda has signed on to star in the big screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks bestselling novel THE LONGEST RIDE. George Tillman Jr will direct the project produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at Temple Hill.

Craig Bolotin, Brad Desch, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber penned the screenplay which follows "a man snowbound and stuck in his car after a major crash on an Isolated road. As he drifts in and out of consciousness awaiting rescue, the man sees visions of his life's love, who died earlier. There is another romance between a young art history major and a handsome bull rider who fall in love despite coming from completely different backgrounds. Each has aspirations and dreams, and the cowboy is fighting the clock and should not be riding due to past injuries, but has a family ranch to save. A strange occurrence allows the two generations of lovers to save each other."

Alda will take on the role of the injured man, Ira, while Jack Huston will portray the same character in flashbacks sequences. Scott Eastwood and Oona Chaplin also star.

Tony nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Glengarry Glen Ross star Alan Alda, has previously been on the Broadway stage in QED, Art, Jake's Women, The Apple Tree and The Owl and the Pussycat. His stage work has resulted in 2 previous Tony nominations. On film, the Oscar nominated actor has been seen in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Flirting With Disaster, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Same Time, Next Year; California Suite, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Four Seasons, Sweet Liberty, A New Life, and Betsy's Wedding. On the small screen he's been seen on The West Wing, ER, as host of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS, and of course on *M*A*S*H, for which he won 5 Emmy Awards. Throughout his career, he's been nominated for a total of 30 Emmys, is a member of the Television Hall of Fame, has won 3 Directors Guild Awards, 6 Golden Globes, 7 People's Choice Awards and has been nominated for two Writers Guild Awards.

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