Jenkins books role in 'John'

Romantic drama is an adaptation of Sparks' novel

NEW YORK -- Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of "Dear John," Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel.

In the romantic drama, Jenkins will play the father of a young soldier (Channing Tatum) who meets the girl of his dreams (Amanda Seyfried) while on military leave.

The Gersh-repped Jenkins recently joined filming on the project in South Carolina. He gained momentum this year for his starring role in Overture's "The Visitor" and a memorable turn in Focus' "Burn After Reading."

Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media is producing the film; Screen Gems will distribute the film domestically.

Temple Hill Entertainment's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing with Kavanaugh. Tucker Tooley and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producing, and screenwriter Jamie Linden ("We Are Marshall") is co-producer.