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James Marsden Offered Paul Walker's Role in 'Best of Me' Film

James Marsden Offered Paul Walker's Role in 'Best of Me' Film

James Marsden has been offered the lead role in the upcoming film The Best of Me and will replace the late Paul Walker if he accepts the part, according to Deadline.

The film is based on Nicholas Sparks‘ book of the same named and follows “two former high school sweethearts reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the sparks, but the forces that drove them apart back then still get in the way.”

Michelle Monaghan will be playing the female lead and it came down to James and Joe Manganiello for the male lead after the studio went to search for a replacement.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of James Marsden starring in the movie The Best of Me?

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  • Stephanie

    Omg YES!!!!! James Marsden would be the best!

  • notafan

    I think James is a great choice, unfortunately I can’t say the same about Michelle Monaghan. :( I’m not a big fan of hers. Paul Walker would have been awesome though…. I can’t believe they even considered Joe Manganiello! (I don’t think he can act at all)

  • sayangsayang

    YES! Yes! He is AMAZING!

  • Bianca

    I had read about him being interest in a Nicholas Sparks movie, I just didn’t think it was true. I would have loved him in this, totally away from the FF franchise and into something more romantic/lighthearted. He was serious about going into another direction in his career, what a loss and missed opportunity. On the other hand, James is great!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesMarsdenweb James Marsden fans

    @notafan: my thoughts exactly. James Marsden is so underrated but i don’t like Michelle Monaghan. I think Claire Danes or Jessica Chastain would be better

  • Amber

    It would have been amazing to see Paul in a role like this… Sigh.

  • http://twitter.com/benedictall Benedicta

    HELL YES!!! I do really hope James takes the part.. He’s great! And please not Joe. He’s scary. James James James pleaseeeeee!

  • laureeen

    Yes to James but no to Michelle.

  • Leigh Ann

    The only thing is, James was already in a Nicholas Sparks movie….”The Notebook”. I know it was ten years ago, but still!

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