Your favorite child stars are all grown up in ‘Almost Friends'
Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment are looking to continue their youthful Hollywood triumphs.
When you hit your Hollywood peak at age 11 as the boy who sees dead people, where do you go from there?
For three child stars who aren't children anymore, that's a tough predicament to find yourself in. But British actor Freddie Highmore, Israeli actress Odeya Rush and American actor Haley Joel Osment seem to be settling comfortably into a new role: holiday-season rom-com ensemble.
The trio is starring in "Almost Friends," directed and written by Jake Goldberger. It stars Highmore, a British actor best known for his pre-adolescent roles in "Finding Neverland" in 2004 and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 2005, as Craig, an unmotivated twentysomething who falls for Rush's character, Amber. Osment plays Craig's best friend, Ben. Conflict arises when it's revealed that Amber has a serious boyfriend.
The 25-year-old Highmore also stars in the A&E series "The Bates Motel" and the ABC series "The Good Doctor."
The 20-year-old Rush – who grew up in Haifa, Israel – is coming off the success of "Goosebumps," in which she co-starred with Jack Black last year. Prior to that, she appeared in "The Giver," which earned her a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star in 2014.
Los Angeles native Osment, 29, has enjoyed perhaps the most success as a child star among his "Almost Friends" castmates, with leading roles in such high-profile Hollywood films as "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," "Pay it Forward," a recurring role on HBO's "Silicon Valley" and, of course, his unforgettable performance in "The Sixth Sense."
After filming wrapped in Mobile, Ala., "Almost Friends" – which was originally titled "Holding Patterns" – premiered in October 2016 to rousing praise at the Austin Film Festival. The Austin Chronicle said the film "has an easygoing charm that should earn it a solid place among the subset of movies about young people who emerge from their small-town cocoons and screw up their courage to take flight for the bright lights of New York City."
The movie will be released Nov. 17 in theaters and on demand.
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