Published Jul 22, 2016The term "ruined childhood" is thrown around a lot these days, but few things take the cake quite like this casting news. Henry Thomas, the former child actor who portrayed Elliott in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is set to play a convicted rapist in Law & Order: SVU.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas' role was inspired by Steven Avery in Making a Murderer.
Thomas plays a convicted rapist who has spent 16 years behind bars. Newly tested DNA evidence suggests he was actually innocent all along, so he's freed. Soon after, he's implicated in a deadly crime.
Yes, Henry Thomas has gone from hanging out with E.T. to being investigated by Ice-T. What an age we live in.