Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about a high school freshman trying to find his place while coping with the suicide of a friend and finding his first love.
Charlie is an outsider, but upon entering high school he is taken under the wings of a couple seniors, who help him come out of his shell a bit and deal with some of the issues he’s experienced.
Oh, and his first love is Hermione. So WANDS AT THE READY!
Stephen Chbosky wrote the novel, screenplay and is directing Perks of Being a Wallflower. He actually wrote the screenplay for Rent a few years back, and he wrote/executive produced Jericho a few years back, but Chbosky doesn’t have a ton of other experience. He isn’t a total newbie though.
Emma Watson … Sam
Nina Dobrev … Candace
Paul Rudd … Bill
Logan Lerman … Charlie
Mae Whitman … Mary Elizabeth
Dylan McDermott … Father
Melanie Lynskey … Aunt Helen
Ezra Miller … Patrick
Kate Walsh … Mother
Johnny Simmons … Brad
Nicholas Braun … Derek
Reece Thompson … Craig
Zane Holtz … Charlie’s Brother
Julia Garner … Susan
Logan Lerman is coming along as a young actor, and while he has yet to be a smash success, it’s clear that the studios have faith in him. He was the lead in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which was hoped to be the next Harry Potter, and he was D’Artagnan in the latest Three Musketeers film.
Both underperformed, but they were potentially blockbusters. He was also on the short list to play Spider-Man in this summer’s reboot, so he has huge potential. Perks of Being a Wallflower seems to be his chance to show his indie stripes, and with Emma Watson also having a role, there’s a lot to be said for the film.
I don’t fully trust the writer/director, Chbosky. I feel like he has some real clout in Hollywood, which may be why the film was made moreso than because it’s good.
I don’t expect big things from Perks of Being a Wallflower, but these types of films seem to be more fluky and difficult to predict (in terms of box office success) than your summer blockbusters. Maybe it’ll be the next 500 Days of Summer. I doubt it, but it might. I need a trailer first.