Meloni, Franco join 'Rodanthe'


Christopher Meloni and James Franco have been cast opposite Diane Lane and Richard Gere in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Nights in Rodanthe." George Wolfe is directing the romantic drama, which is being produced by Denise Di Novi.

An adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, the story sees a doctor (Gere) stop at an inn in North Carolina while traveling to reconcile with his estranged son. At the beach town, the doctor has a life-changing romance with an unhappily married woman (Lane). Ken Hixon and Ann Peacock worked on the screenplay.

Meloni is playing the role of Lane's husband, while Franco plays Gere's estranged son.

Doug Claybourne, Alison Greenspan, Dana Goldberg and Bruce Berman are exec producing the movie, which is a Village Roadshow co-production.

Meloni stars in NBC's long-running "Law & Order: SVU," which last year garnered him an Emmy nomination. Featurewise, he will be seen in the upcoming indie "Carriers" with Lou Taylor Pucci and stars in John Krasinski's film "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men." He also recently shot "Harold and Kumar 2," reprising his role from the first film. Meloni is repped by Gersh.

Franco is onscreen as Harry Osborne in "Spider-Man 3" and recently wrapped shooting "In the Valley of Elah," directed by Paul Haggis, and "The Pineapple Express," opposite Seth Rogen. He is repped by Endeavor and James/Levy Management.