EXCLUSIVE: While he looks a lot different than the kid who saw dead people in The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment is back in science fiction/mystery mode. He’ll star in I’ll Follow You Down, which will be directed by Richie Mehta from his own script. The film follows the story of a scientist who mysteriously disappears after a business trip, only to have his son Erol, played by Osment, make an eerie discovery about his whereabouts, several years later. The film is Mehta’s follow up to Amal, a film that was nominated for 6 Genie Awards in 2009, including Best Film, Direction and Screenplay. Lee Kim will produce under his Resolute Films and Entertainment banner, with filming commencing in May in Toronto, Canada. The screenplay was developed with financial support from Telefilm Canada and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

“Richie has penned a script that tells an emotionally charged, thrilling story while staying true to the sci-fi genre,” said Kim. “Our main challenge was to find the right actor to play the lead role of Erol – one that requires the perfect balance of innocence, honesty and intelligence; Haley provides just that.” Osment is repped by Paradigm, Coast to Coast and The Schiff Company.