Henry Thomas tapped for 'Dear John'

Lasse Hallstrom to direct adaptation of Sparks' novel

Henry Thomas has joined the cast of "Dear John," a love story Lasse Hallstrom is directing for Screen Gems. Temple Hill is producing.

Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, the story centers on a soldier on leave (Channing Tatum) who falls for a woman (Amanda Seyfried) but then re-enlists after Sept. 11.

Thomas plays an older man whom the woman falls for while the soldier is away.

Relativity Media is financing.

Thomas, of "E.T." fame, next stars in Fruit Chan's horror flick "Don't Look Up"; last year he landed a recurring role on CBS' "Without a Trace." Some of his other credits include "Gangs of New York" and "All the Pretty Horses."

He is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
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