He's just been tapped to play the iconic role of trouble-making orphan Tom Sawyer in a new update of the Mark Twain classic.
The project is 'Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,' with the role of Huck yet to be cast.
Sawyer is usually portrayed as blond, but that didn't stop non-blond Jonathan Taylor Thomas (in a '95 version with Brad Renfro as Huck) from landing the part, or red-haired curly-headed Johnny Whitaker playing him in the '73 version, the one with Jodie Foster as Becky Thatcher.
Courtney, who was an unknown with zero acting experience prior to landing the lead in J.J. Abrams' monster movie, is also in talks for the supernatural indie called 'The Healer.' He'd play a a resentful teen whose bonding trip to the woods with his father goes wrong when they encounter a supernatural force.