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“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev cast in THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Kristal Bailey

by: Kristal Bailey
April 15th, 2011

Nina Dobrev, the young star of The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries, is making the jump to the big screen in THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. Summit Entertainment has found success with book adaptations (have you heard of TWILIGHT?), so it makes sense they would want to stick with young adult novels. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is being adapted by the novel’s author for Emma Watson (HARRY POTTER) and Logan Lerman (PERCY JACKSON). With so much young up-and-coming talent involved, this is turning into a promising feature.

Nina Dobrev can be seen on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, playing dual roles as the perpetual damsel-in-distress Elena Gilbert and evil vampire Katherine Pierce. She’s a standout on the show so it was only a matter of time before her first feature role was decided. She was also previously on Degrassi: The Next Generation as the single teenage mother Mia Jones.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER follows Dobrev’s Candace in a coming of age story “about 15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.” Mae Whitman is set to play Mary Elizabeth, a tattooed vegetarian who acts as the protagonist’s first girlfriend. Paul Rudd is also attached, but no role has been specified.

Here’s the official plot summary of the novel from Amazon:

"Charlie, the wallflower of the title, goes through a veritable bath of bathos in his 10th grade year, 1991. The novel is formatted as a series of letters to an unnamed 'friend,' the first of which reveals the suicide of Charlie’s pal Michael. Charlie’s response–valid enough–is to cry. The crying soon gets out of hand, though–in subsequent letters, his father, his aunt, his sister and his sister’s boyfriend all become lachrymose. Charlie has the usual dire adolescent problems–sex, drugs, the thuggish football team–and they perplex him in the usual teen TVways. Into these standard teenage issues Chbosky infuses a droning insistence on Charlie’s supersensitive disposition. Charlie’s English teacher and others have a disconcerting tendency to rhapsodize over Charlie’s giftedness, which seems to consist of Charlie’s unquestioning assimilation of the teacher’s taste in books. In the end we learn the root of Charlie’s psychological problems, and we confront, with him, the coming rigors of 11th grade, ever hopeful that he’ll find a suitable girlfriend and increase his vocabulary."

Source Deadline, via Collider

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