Will Keira Knightley star in new Nicholas Sparks adaptation?

Remember that story, the sad one about the people who loved each-other but due to wars or diseases or foxes or whatever, they were torn apart? The one that The Notebook author Nicolas Sparks writes over and over again? Yeah, well it’s here again, and this time it’s in the form of Safe Haven. You know the drill; beautiful, enigmatic lass, a dark secret, a kind-hearted man with a tragic past and an as yet unwritten future, pot-loads of cash, teenage girls weeping…

The project is being helmed by Dear John (also one of Sparks’) director Lasse Hallstrom, and according to Twitch , Keira “The Chin” Knightley is in talks to star as Beautiful Yet Somehow Quietly Tragic Heroine. Oh what do we know, we’ve not read it, take a look at the synposis below and make up your own minds. We’re totally right though. We can just feel it.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

If it doesn’t turn out that even love isn’t enough of a safe haven for everything to end tenderly tragically, we’ll eat all the hats.

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