Mike Fleming

alanaldaHere’s a guy you never get tired of seeing. Fox 2000 has set Alan Alda to star in The Longest Ride, the George Tillman Jr-directed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestselling novel. The Fault In Our Stars‘ Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at Temple Hill are producing with Theresa Park.

Scripted by Craig Bolotin, Brad Desch, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the story opens as 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 play the injured man, Ira, and Jack Huston was just set to play the same character in flashbacks. Scott Eastwood and Oona Chaplin also star. Alda, who won five Emmys starring in, writing and directing M*A*S*H*, is currently on the NBC series The Blacklist. He is repped by ICM Partners.