Moviegoers will have their biggest opportunity yet to evaluate how the younger Eastwood stacks up when he takes on his first leading role, a part in "The Longest Ride," an adaptation of the romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, according to a Deadline Hollywood report.
Directed by George Tillman Jr. (
"The Longest Ride" will mark the first major role in a studio film for Eastwood, whose acting credits include
The 28-year-old actor, whose mother is Jacelyn Reeves, first came onto the public radar last January, when he appeared on the cover of
"Wait," many in the Twitterverse cried out, "Clint Eastwood has a son? And he's attractive?" (The elder Eastwood has seven children.)
Then came the rush of gossip items about the younger Eastwood, almost all of which pertained to his relationship status. He showed up on a couple of red carpets, most recently for Ayer's "Sabotage." And he developed a healthy following on Instagram, where he comes across as the quintessential California surfer bro.
He'll have a good professional opportunity in "Ride." Movies based on Sparks' work, while also featuring many shirtless men, have done reliable business at the box office, though recent entries such as 2013's
As for Eastwood, this month alone has seen him post pictures of himself remodeling his bathroom (while shirtless), fishing in Hawaii (while shirtless) and posing with a seal on the beach (while shirtless). In that regard, he should fit right in on a Sparks film, where chest-baring hunks are de rigueur.
Time will tell how he fares when flexing his acting muscles.