Taylor Schilling Gets “Lucky” With Efron

Taylor Schilling (TV’s “Mercy”) has nabbed the female lead opposite Zac Efron in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel “The Lucky One” for Warner Bros. Pictures reports the trades.

The story follows a Marine who returns to North Carolina having survived three tours of duty in Iraq. He attributes his good luck to a photo he has always carried with him, a photo of a woman he’s never met.

Now that he’s returned, he sets out to meet her. Schilling will play that woman and beat out the likes of Abbie Cornish and Katie Cassidy for the role.

Scott Hicks (“Shine,” “Hearts in Atlantis”) directs while Kevin McCormick and Denise Di Novi are producing. Filming begins this Fall.