Idaho-native turned breakthrough, Hollywood child star, Joel Courtney, 15, won the nationwide search to play the lead character Joe Lamb in this summer’s hit Super 8 directed by J.J. Abrams, and now, according to Variety, the young talent will headline the indie films Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn and The Healer, as well.

In the  film adaptation of Mark Twain’s most popular work, Joel will play Tom Sawyer, the “mischievous troublemaker in search of endless adventures in 1850’s Missouri.” It shoots late this summer in Bulgaria. *HMB Readers may recall this casting notice circulating earlier this year.

The Healer storyline follows “an ailing father who takes his two teenage kids into the woods to renew the bond they shared before his divorce. The trio are soon swept into a supernatural adventure in a haunted forest.” This film, from writer/director Giorgio Serafini, is scheduled to shoot in North Carolina this September.

Joel is represented by Bonnie Liedtke of William Morris Endeavor. His publicist in PMK*BNC.

Joel with older brothers Josh and Caleb.