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“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” to be adapted; Watson and Lerman in talks to star

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 20th, 2010

One of the major problems of sleeping next to your iPhone (please don't judge me for this, I judge myself enough for this), is waking up in the middle of the night, scanning social networks, and finding a film story that makes you (read: me) scream. This is one of those. Variety is reporting that, not only is one of my favorite books from the past decade, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, being adapted for the big screen, but it will also be written and directed by author Stephen Chbosky. It's good I was laying down for this news.

But more than just vague adaptation news, it looks as if the process of bringing PERKS to the screen is already escalated, with news that Logan Lerman and Emma Watson are both in talks to star in the film. Again, it's good I was laying down for this news. Though this news does not specifically outline the roles Watson or Lerman would play, it's more than safe to assume Watson would play Sam and Lerman would play the narrator, Charlie.

It would be hard for me to ever fully explain how much this book meant to me as a teenager. Though I never felt as alienated as Charlie or Sam or Patrick did, I think anyone who didn't feel even a touch of what they went through during those awkward teenage years is repressing some issues. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a seriously wonderful, brutally honest look at growing up in high school. It's narrated by high school freshman Charlie, who is both incredibly sensitive and very aware. Charlie feels alienated in all areas of his life, from his family to his schoolmates. His life starts to shape up when he befriends the pretty Sam and her brother Patrick. Though the book is framed by Charlie writing letters about his life to someone he doesn't even know, it's so vividly written, I imagine it will translate very well to the screen.

I'm a big believer in Lerman's talent. I would have loved to see him cast in the SPIDER-MAN reboot, but this news (and his recent joining of Paul W.S. Anderson's THE THREE MUSKETEERS) seems to signal that's not happening. I loved Lerman in MY ONE AND ONLY, and I think he could bring the level of hyperaware observation to PERKS that he had in MY ONE AND ONLY, but hopefully with much less snark. Lerman is also the right age for the role, and it's comforting to not have to potentially watch a twentysomething play a role that hinges so much on wide-eyed naviete and discovery.

I can't say I'm sold on Watson, however. I am, of course, a huge fan of the the HARRY POTTER series and dearly love her Hermione Granger. But I've always pictured Sam with a bit more of an edge, much more of a surface toughness. Could Watson pull that off? I don't know.

Fans of the book, what do you think of this news?

Source Variety, via Making Of

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  • Erika

    I'm excited for the movie, especially since Stephen is directing it. I doubt it'd be nearly as good if he wasn't. I believe in Lerman as well, considering I've been a fan of his since I was staying up past my curfew when I was nine (six years ago) to watch him on “Jack and Bobby”. “My One and Only”, I believe, was one of his greatest works; George reminds me of Charlie in the sense of his coming-of-age and his hardships, but Charlie has much less of an attitude issue. I think Logan could pull it off. Actually, I agree with this article on the viewpoint of Watson. I don't think she can pull off the tough-but-sweet Sam, or convey the emotions that Sam shows towards Charlie. It's just weird. I mean, maybe it's because I'm so used to her as the witty, smart, Hermione Granger… No, it's not that. I just don't think she can pull it off. Lerman, on the other hand, will do great, I think. I'm interested on who they will cast for Patrick, Brad, and Mary Elizabeth, along with the other characters.

    This book has meant so much to me since I read it two years ago. I am just finishing up my freshman year in high school and I've gone through, shockingly, some of- with variations, of course- what Charlie went through his freshman year. I'm considering doing what he did next year, and continuing throughout the remainder of my high school years. I know what it's like to be a wallflower, and this book has helped me through more than most. I'm anxious to see how the film is going to turn out, but I have no doubt in my mind that it'll be a movie like no other.

  • alice

    i have high hopes this will translate well onscreen as the author is doing the film adaptation. Logan Lerman is a good actor for Charlie. Like Peter Parker/spidey he could own this character. Sadly the spidey movie will probably go to someone else but at least logan will be charlie. He just needs to dig into his old Bobby role with a little of George Deveraux thrown in. Emma will have to wait and see but it's good to see her stretching her acting chops in a role that is so un-Hermioney

  • alice

    i have high hopes this will translate well onscreen as the author is doing the film adaptation. Logan Lerman is a good actor for Charlie. Like Peter Parker/spidey he could own this character. Sadly the spidey movie will probably go to someone else but at least logan will be charlie. He just needs to dig into his old Bobby role with a little of George Deveraux thrown in. Emma will have to wait and see but it's good to see her stretching her acting chops in a role that is so un-Hermioney

  • Crazyvalley18

    I really like Emma Watson and hope she gets the role of Sam.

  • mad hatter

    Is there any news of auditions for extras?

  • mad hatter

    Is there any news of auditions for extras?

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