Aside from a buzz cut and the strict diet and rigorous military workouts that helped him gain the 20 pounds of muscle he needed to play the character, another quality that made Logan stand out to Efron was his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Broken, searching for healing, and struggling to acclimate to regular life after moving in with his sister post-Iraq, Logan eventually finds sanctuary in a long, long walk. Making it his mission to track down the girl in the picture, the proverbial good luck charm he believes saved his life on the battle field, he eventually makes the trek from a small town in Colorado to New Orleans, where the pretty blonde named Beth lives.

"The post-war situation is different for everybody. It's as different as the individuals,” Nicholas says. “When they come back, they are different. The differences manifest themselves in a lot of ways. You have some people who commit suicide or they drink too much or they're unemployed. Logan is one of them. Here is a guy that says: I lost all my friends; this profoundly moves me. My solution is not to drink; it's to walk across the country."

A New Life in Louisiana

Like most love stories, the two attractive leads don’t initially hit it off. But for Logan, an unshakable desire to get to know Beth keeps him moving forward emotionally.

“Just the act of finding the picture directly saved his life. He was in the right place and the right time and after that, he seems to survive situations he shouldn’t be surviving, while others around him aren’t as lucky,” Zac says. “So that photo takes on a special meaning.”

When it comes to her own feelings on whether destiny plays a significant role in what happens in our lives, newcomer Taylor Schilling, who plays Logan’s love interest, Beth, says she “definitely feels there’s a guiding force” in her life on some level.

“I’m pretty clear on that,” Taylor says. “But I also feel that we’re creating what’s going on, too, so maybe a mix of both.”

Thanks to an abundance of natural chemistry between the two leads, The Lucky One has often been compared to Sparks’ most famous work, The Notebook.

“That’s always the great unknown, the question of what it’s going to be like when you put your stars together. Is there any chemistry?” says Scott, whose resumé includes everything from under-the-radar films like 2009’s The Boys Are Back to box office winners like 2007’s No Reservations. “From the first moment, the connection between Zac and Taylor was apparent.”

Faith on the Big Screen

While The Lucky One emphasizes themes of family, faith and whether life is merely a series of coincidences or carefully crafted scenes written by a master storyteller, not everything about The Lucky One will likely sit well with everyone watching.

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence, there are some racy scenes with Logan and Beth engaging in pre-marital sex, not to mention an instance where God’s name is paired with da--.

As a believer in Jesus and a regular churchgoer, Nicholas is admittedly well aware of what aspects of The Lucky One might not connect with certain Christians and was happy to comment. While he didn’t pen the screenplay for The Lucky One and says he wouldn’t have included the harsh use of the Lord’s name in vain, his mission has always been to create “really believable characters and really believable stories.”