Haley Joel Osment

Well Go USA Entertainment

Erol was just a boy when his father, Gabe (Rufus Sewell), left for a conference at Princeton and was never seen again. His ID and cell phone were found in his hotel room, but no evidence of his whereabouts was ever found. Twelve years later the now adult Erol (Haley Joel Osment) has followed in his father’s footsteps with an interest in theoretical physics, but his mother’s (Gillian Anderson) fragile state leads him to turn down overtures from far-away universities like M.I.T. He’s afraid to leave her behind as the pain and mystery of his father’s disappearance has already led her to two suicide attempts. Erol’s grandfather Sal (Victor Garber) meanwhile has dealt with the loss by burying himself in his work as a professor but also by digging into his son-in-law’s left behind research. It seems Gabe was working on a time travel experiment before his disappearance. Sal shares the information with Erol with the hope that the younger man can help recreate the experiment and possibly bring Gabe home. Erol’s doubts and concerns over all that could go wrong lead him to refuse his grandfather’s request, but when tragedy strikes he decides it may be the only option for his family to be whole again. I’ll Follow You Down is a family drama about the damage we do, intentional or otherwise, to our loved ones now and in the next generation… especially when time travel is involved.

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Though Gillian Anderson is best known for her role as Dana Scully on The X-Files, the actress is also a classically trained thespian who has used her talents in such varied fare as the Bleak House mini-series, the Royal-focused series Any Human Heart, and at least two television takes on classic material – Moby Dick and Great Expectations. What we’re saying is, she’s not just Scully, but damn if Anderson doesn’t know her way around some good sci-fi, so it’s heartening news that she’s joined a very intriguing new project with just that kind of bent. Deadline Quantico reports that Anderson has joined Haley Joel Osment, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber in Richie Mehta‘s (Amal) new film, I’ll Follow You Down. While we don’t yet know too much about the film (and with its mysterious logline, it’s likely to stay that way), we do know that it centers on “a scientist, Gabriel (Sewell), who mysteriously disappears during a business trip, devastating his wife Marika (Anderson) and son Erol (Osment). Erol and his grandfather (Garber) years later make a shocking discovery about Gabriel’s whereabouts.” The film’s slim IMDb page adds to the mystery and intrigue – the plotline over there reports that the discovery is also “bizarre” (yow!) and “one that may bring him home” (ooooh!).

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I am legitimately worried about I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer. Of course, he doesn’t need my concern – the 20-year-old star of director D.J. Caruso’s teen alien flick is on the rise, with two movies in the can (Beastly and Andrew Niccol’s Now) and a slew of others in the works. That’s how Hollywood operates: hone in on young talent, put them in a zillion movies and let it ride. The difficult part is the escape plan, transcending above “it” star to full-fledged “actor.” The pretty faces of Twilight are attempting to keep the ball rolling, while Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter may have already escaped the gravitational pull of teen star suckage – but it ain’t easy. This is why I fear for Pettyfer. He has obvious talent, and I Am Number Four occasionally allows him to play with more than his Teen Beat-worthy pouty faces. But if Pettyfer intends to stick around and grow up into something substantial, he’s going to have to learn an important lesson from fallen heartthrobs and by looking to the past.

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