We hadn't heard from child star extraordinaire Haley Joel Osment for a while -- at least not in any productive way. His last film (not counting the unreleased Home of the Giants
) was the mediocre 2003 coming-of-ager Secondhand Lions
; since then, news about him has mostly involved car accidents and drunk driving
. But thankfully, things seem to be turning around. The actor, now 20 years old, will star
in this fall's Broadway revival of David Mamet's challenging American Buffalo
, alongside John Leguizamo
and Cedric the Entertainer
. I'm assuming that he'll be taking on the role of teenaged Bobby, played by Sean Nelson
in the 1996 film
. Not a huge part, but being one of a cast of three on Broadway certainly isn't trivial.
So few child stars make a successful transition into adult careers, but an actor of Osment's caliber deserves one. (The Sixth Sense
is all well and good, but A.I.
's "David" was a masterpiece.) Now that he's no longer an adorable moppet, he should probably aim for "character actor" rather than "star." If that's the goal, then American Buffalo
seems like a step in the right direction; there are few things like a little Mamet to establish some thespian street cred.
The play starts previews on October 31st and opens in November.