Screen Gems books Thomas for 'Dear John'

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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 film "Don't Look Up"; last year he landed a recurring role on CBS' "Without a Trace." His credits include "Gangs of New York" and "All the Pretty Horses."

He is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. (partialdiff)
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