GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Haley
Joel Osment says his latest role as a high school journalist
covering the basketball team is perfect for him at this
point in his career.
Osment, 17, stars in "Home
of the Giants," which is set in high-school basketball-loving
Indiana but is mostly being filmed across the Triad
area of North Carolina this month and next.
The script by Indiana native
Rusty Gorman, who will also direct, attracted him to
the film, Osment said. "This one is perfect for
this age for me," Osment said as he took a break
between scenes Wednesday.
Osment's breakthrough role
came in 1994 as Tom Hanks' son in "Forrest Gump."
He received an Oscar nomination for the 1999 film, "The
Sixth Sense," as a child who communicates with
In "Home of the Giants,"
Osment plays Robert "Gar" Gartland, a high
school journalist who covers the basketball team as
it heads toward a state championship.
"It's important to find
roles with characters growing up," Osment said.
"Gar is one of those characters that moves me along
the timeline in my career."
Osment's character is best
friends with Matt, the team's star, played by actor
Ryan Merriman Merriman, who has a lead role in the upcoming
film, "Final Destination 3."
Danielle Panabaker of TV's
"Summerland" and "Empire Falls,"
plays a new girl in town who studies journalism with
ESPN commentators Dick Vitale
and Jay Bilas also will have scenes, said L. Charles
Grimes, the Greensboro attorney who started SymPics
International with his attorney wife, Elizabeth "Libby"
Grimes, and their business partners.