Josh Duhamel to romance Julianne Hough in Sparks romance

Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough have signed on to play lovers in a planned movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling romantic novel Safe Haven.

The couple will play beloved characters Alex and Katie in the movie, which is scheduled to start shooting in June (12) in North Carolina.

The film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, will be released just before St. Valentine’s Day (14Feb13).

Author Sparks, who will produce the film, says, “I’m thrilled that Josh and Julianne have agreed to come aboard Safe Haven – it’s hard to think of an actor better-suited to play the character of Alex than Josh, and Julianne will bring a combination of vulnerability and strength to the role of Katie.”