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Super 8's Joel Courtney will be Tom Sawyer

06.24.2011
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I liked SUPER 8 for many reasons, but chief among them was the excellent performances from the child actors involved. It can normally be tough to round up one convincing kid, much less a group of them for a movie, and Abrams did a great job finding the cast he did.

Joel Courtney is perhaps the film's greatest success story, going from complete unknown to headline a blockbuster. Now his performance in SUPER 8 has landed him another leading role, that of a literary legend, Tom Sawyer.

The movie is being written and directed by Jo Kastner, and starts shooting in August in...Bulgaria? I guess they could make that look like the 19th century American south? The last time I saw Tom Sawyer, he was being played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas opposite Brad Renfro as Huck Finn. TOM AND HUCK might seem awful now, but it kicked ass when I was a kid!.

After Sawyer, Courtney is up for the lead in THE HEALER, where a bitter son tries to reunite with his father, but supernatural events cause him to be trapped in between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Think this kid has a future?

Extra Tidbit: I was also very impressed with Elle Fanning, who thankfully screams onscreen far less than her sister did in her early roles.
Source: Variety

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1:54AM on 06/25/2011

He's a talented kid

I hope he's more like Natalie Portman instead of emulating Brad Renfro or Lindsay Lohan's career trajectory. Hollyweird is hard on child actors.
I hope he's more like Natalie Portman instead of emulating Brad Renfro or Lindsay Lohan's career trajectory. Hollyweird is hard on child actors.
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7:03PM on 06/24/2011
I like to think of myself as a literate person, yet whenever I hear the name Tom Sawyer I think of Rush, not Mark Twain. I'm so embarrassed.
I like to think of myself as a literate person, yet whenever I hear the name Tom Sawyer I think of Rush, not Mark Twain. I'm so embarrassed.
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3:40PM on 06/24/2011
Like Robin Hood and 3 Musketeers, do really need another version of the film to come out every 10-20 years? Oh well, I'll just wait until we get the news that in order to be PC, the studio changed "Injun Joe's" name to "Native American Joe".
Like Robin Hood and 3 Musketeers, do really need another version of the film to come out every 10-20 years? Oh well, I'll just wait until we get the news that in order to be PC, the studio changed "Injun Joe's" name to "Native American Joe".
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3:13PM on 06/24/2011
Let's hope the best for this kid.

The last time I saw Tom Sawyer he was played by Shane West in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...yeah...
Let's hope the best for this kid.

The last time I saw Tom Sawyer he was played by Shane West in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...yeah...
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12:25PM on 06/24/2011
Elle Fanning was fantastic in Somewhere. She's a natural.
Elle Fanning was fantastic in Somewhere. She's a natural.
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12:01PM on 06/24/2011
kid can act. gonna be weird when his voice changes though
kid can act. gonna be weird when his voice changes though
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