EXCLUSIVE: Haley Joel Osment has landed the title role in Jay Berger Wants To Be Your Friend, an indie comedy from first-time feature director Josh Goldsmith. The R-rated pic centers on an adult who loves his old summer camp way too much. Paul Bernon and Sam Slater of Burn Later Productions (Drinking Buddies) are attached to produce. Goldsmith wrote the script with Cathy Yuspa; the pair also collaborated on What Women Want and 13 Going On 30.
Osment has been busy lately. He’s onscreen in Entourage and recently appeared in Sex Ed, Tusk and Amazon’s Alpha House. Up next are the IFC miniseries The Spoils Before Dying with Kristin Wiig and Michael Kenneth Williams, Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers and indie thriller Sleepwalker. He is repped by MGMT Entertainment, Coast to Coast Talent Agency and Edelstein, Laird and Sobel. Goldsmith and Yuspa are with ICM Partners and Hansen Jacobson, and Burn Later is at ICM Partners.