Joel Courtney in talks for two indie pics

EXCLUSIVE:Super 8″ star Joel Courtney got more adventure than he bargained for in J.J. Abrams’ monster movie, and now he’s hungry for more. The 15-year-old thesp has entered negotiations for two indies, “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” and “The Healer.”

Courtney will play Tom Sawyer in the adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic written and to be directed by Jo Kastner. Kastner and Marcus Weinhart are producing the pic, scheduled to shoot in August in Bulgaria.

After that, Courtney may segue to “The Healer,” which Giorgio Serafini (“Game of Death”) is writing and directing. Story follows an ailing father who takes his two teenage kids into the woods to renew the bond they shared before a divorce. The trio are swept into a supernatural adventure.

Susan Johnson and Giuseppe Pedersoli are producing “The Healer,” which is skedded to start production this September in North Carolina.

Courtney, who recently signed with WME, had zero acting credits when he auditioned for “Super 8″ last summer while visiting his brother in Los Angeles. He hoped to take a few acting classes and possibly get a part in a commercial, but became involved in a supersecret casting process in which hundreds of kids were told they were trying out for a small indie that Abrams was producing called “Little Darlings.”

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