Spencer Breslin has landed the title role in the high school comedy Harold opposite actor-producer Cuba Gooding Jr. and a lead role in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller The Happening, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Breslin, known for his title role in The Kid and lead performances in The Cat in the Hat and the two “Santa Clause” sequels, will star as Harold, a prematurely balding student trying to adapt to a new high school. Gooding will portray a janitor who befriends the teased teen in the City Lights Pictures/M.E.G.A. Films production.
In 20th Century Fox’s The Happening, Breslin appears with Mark Wahlberg, who plays a father trying to lead his family to safety when a natural disaster threatens to destroy the planet.
Breslin, the 15-year-old older brother of Little Miss Sunshine Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, describes his role in “Happening” as “a typical teenage boy, a bit of a smartass.” He claims he “hasn’t been clued in” to other aspects of his role in the film, which he begins shooting in August in Philadelphia, including whether his character is part of Wahlberg’s family.
Harold starts filming this month in New York.