The Lucky One premiered in New Bern last night where the streets were lined with stars and screaming fans!  Now some may be wondering why little ol New Bern would be the chosen setting for such an event?  That’s because New Bern is the hometown of popular author, Nicholas Sparks….and our charming town often sets the scene for many of his novels. ‘Downtown New Bern is feeling the glamour of Hollywood on Friday night as stars walked the red carpet for the premiere of The Lucky One, based off the book of the same name by famed author Nicholas Sparks.

Hundreds of fans lined Pollock Street and the entrance of the New Bern Civic Theatre, hoping to catch a glimpse or an autograph of the various stars. Taylor Schilling, who co-stars alongside Zac Efron in The Lucky One, was at the premiere.  “This is amazing. I really haven’t experienced anything like this in my life, Schilling sail. “It’s so sweet, so lovely how many people come out to support the film.”

The Lucky One is about a Marine, played by Efron, who returns to North Carolina from Iraq to find love. “This is the story of one Marine and his search for healing,” Sparks said. “One of the ways he finds that healing is with a small town like New Bern, and a pace of life conducive to forming a wonderful relationship.”

Schilling said preparing for her role in the film gave her a new perspective on the post-traumatic stress experienced by troops.”I hope we were able to honor the experiences of the people who have lived through this,” Schilling said. “At the same time, I hope that people enjoy and have fun with the movie.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees attended the premiere. Jake T. Austin, a star of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, made the night for some girls when he stopped for autographs. Bethany Joy Lentz, from the popular show One Tree Hill, and American folk music duo, Everly, appeared on the red carpet as well.’