James Marsden offered Paul Walker's role in Nicholas Sparks film

Actor JAMES MARSDEN has been offered a role originally slated for late actor PAUL WALKER in an upcoming NICHOLAS SPARKS film.

The Hairspray star has been approached to play the lead role in The Best Of Me, the film adaptation of Sparks' best-selling novel that Walker was originally cast in.

If Marsden, who previously worked with Sparks in The Notebook, takes the role, he will work alongside Gone Baby Gone actress Michelle Monaghan.

It was recently reported that Homeland's Rupert Friend is in talks to replace Walker, who died in a fiery car crash in November (13) in California, in a sequel to the 2007 film Hitman.

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