Nicholas Sparks Returns to NC in New 'Safe Haven' Trailer

Posted By on October 24, 2012

Filmed in Southport, North Carolina this summer, the first official trailer for the upcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven was released this week during a live Facebook chat with Sparks and the film’s stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.

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Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in ‘Safe Haven’, filmed in Southport, NC.

Southport itself plays heavily and looks gorgeous in the new trailer, which you can watch in the player below, and then head over to to view more of the first official images from the highly anticipated thriller!

Starring Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), and Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) – Safe Haven was filmed and is set in Southport, NC.

Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog, The Cider House Rules) directs for Relativity Media, based on the novel by North Carolina author Nicholas Sparks.

The plot is ”a young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her”.

North Carolina previously hosted the Sparks adaptations A Walk to Remember (2002), also filmed in Southport, and Nights in Rodanthe (2007), filmed in the village of Rodanthe on Hatteras Island.

You can find Safe Haven in theaters on February 8, 2013.

Click here to view more official photos from the film at!

Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel play a couple thrown together by fate. (Photo: James Bridges/RelativityMedia)


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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