Despite the fact that he had no prior acting experience before entering into the Super 8 casting process, young actor Joel Courtney ended up being cast as the star of that high profile, J.J. Abrams directed film. And, beyond that, he gave a strong, authentic performance that did a great job anchoring the film and probably turned the heads of a lot of casting people in Hollywood. So, naturally, there’s starting to be some word about what his next projects will probably look like. Firstly, Courtney is set to play Tom Sawyer in Jo Kastner’s adaptation of the Mark Twain novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. We’ve seen him dressed up as a movie geek from the 80s and he pulled it off well, I guess it’s time to see if he can embody barefoot river rat from the late 1800s as well. That film is set to start shooting in August.