Michelle Monaghan has been cast in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Best of Me.

The Gone Baby Gone actress will star in the romantic drama which follows a pair of former high school sweethearts who reunite after many years when they both return to their small North Carolina hometown.

Michael Hoffman (Gambit, The Last Station) will direct from a script which was adapted from Sparks' book by J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetterswrote.

The Best of Me will be the ninth Sparks novel to be adapted for the big screen.

Monaghan will next be seen in Fort Bliss, A Many Splintered Thing and Better Living Through Chemistry.