Emma Watson & Logan Lerman in 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'
by Ethan Anderton
May 20, 2010
Finally poised to begin an acting career outside of the Harry Potter franchise, Variety reports that Emma Watson will star opposite Logan Lerman in Stephen Chbosky's popular coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an adaptation of Chbosky's own book of the same name, which he will be writing and directing himself. Chbosky's story, published back in 1999, follows a shy and unpopular teenager who describes his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person and explores the awkward times of adolescence, including drug use and sexuality. Sounds typical, but this book is apparently quite dangerous.
Having read this phenomenal book back in high school, I can tell you that there's really nothing dangerous about this book, but apparently it has appeared on the American Library Associations list of most challenged books to keep away from schools and kids because of its treatment of drugs, homosexuality, sex and suicide. No doubt the book is for mature teens, but it's a genuine look into adolescence with all the emotional ups & downs every single teen will experience in their life. This will undoubtedly test both Watson and Lerman's talent. They've both enjoyed career boosts with big budget fantasy adaptations, and I look forward to seeing Chbosky bring his heart wrenching story to the big screen. Anyone else excited about this adaptation?
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
I'm in, Watson and Lerman are pretty good actors and the plot sounds pretty damn good.
Xerxex on May 20, 2010
I've read the book and it was amazing. Emma Watson & Logan Lerman are really good actors and I could see them in the movie version. I can't wait to see the first trailer.
Kelsey on May 20, 2010
This is my favorite book of all time and it changed my life in ways I couldn't begin to explain. It opened my mind and showed me I wasn't alone even though the schools wanted me to feel like I was the only one curious about the topics discussed in the book. I have high hopes for this one and Watson has always impressed me, but I'm still on the fence about Lerman; I liked him in 3:10 to Yuma, but not so much in Percy Jackson.
peloquin on May 20, 2010
Wow, I'm SUPER excited for this. This has been one of the most influential books to me, especially during my high school years.
supplys on May 20, 2010
I've never read the book before, so I'm wondering if Watson will need to put on an American accent for the role. And I'm not convinced by Lerman either, but they could do worse.
germs on May 20, 2010
if it's as good as "thirteen" - i'm in.
beavis on May 20, 2010
That book is one of the greatest things I've ever read. Even with Chobsky writing and directing I'm still terribly concerned. I do not want this to fail.
Rops on May 20, 2010
i'm crying. Logan Lerman is a horrible miscast. watson though, fuck yeah!
asdf on May 20, 2010
This book is much too good to be ruined by a crap movie adaptation; I am glad Chbosky did the screenplay himself as it bodes well for the overall vision. The casting is a little odd, but both of those actors have proven themselves to be better than their peers -- Emma Watson was definitely the best of the Harry Potter trio, and Logan Lerman is an excellent dramatic actor (I blame Percy Jackson on Chris Columbus' mediocrity). I have some misgivings on Watson's American accent and Lerman's age-- but I choose to hope.
Murray on May 20, 2010
Read the book my freshman year of high school and it still remains one of my favorite books. My only fear is that it becomes another Youth in Revolt. (which wasn't terrible but compared to the book could have been way better)
Jesse Gouldsbury on May 20, 2010
I'm happy with Watson, this film will be fine as long as they stick to the soundtrack listed in the book. Vapour trail by ride is a must. Oh I'm quite excited
Yep on May 21, 2010
I LOVE Logan Lerman, and Emma Watson is excellent in the Harry Potter films, and it would seem to me they could have some great chemistry, so I can't wait.
Fac on May 22, 2010
I really do hope that this movie will push through because both Emma and Logan are very talented and this movie could prove to be a great medium for them to show their skills!! Very Excited. XO
WayneSteven on May 22, 2010
So cool! How AWESOME is this news??? I would LOVE to see these two in a movie together. I’m assuming Emma would play Sam, which is a completely different character from the ones she usually plays. It will be really nice to see her get to show off her range. Emma is one of the rare actresses who can play anything: drama, comedy, romance, horror, etc. She’s very talented. I also love Logan Lerman and of course, John Malkovich. I really really hope this news is true!
Gabby on May 23, 2010
Wow! Can't wait for the movie. Emma and Logan look exactly as I picture Sam and Charlie. Is there a release date?
Janet on May 31, 2010
That will really be sooooo great .. Emma and Logan are very suitable and they are great and very HOT !!! I can't wait to know that they both signed !!!!
Dania on Jun 2, 2010
This is excellent casting as far as Logan Lerman is concerned. Those who've only seen him in Percy Jackson which suffered from a bad script and directing, you have to see Lerman in 310 to Yuma, Meet Bill, My One and Only, and even his old series Jack and Bobby where he shows his great acting range. He is a good dramatic actor and can hold his own onscreen with Crowe, Bale, Zellwegger, Carrey and Aaron Eckhart. Actually relieved that he's going back to his dramatic indie roots. Emma Watson's acting has improved and I can only hope that she can put on a believable american accent for this. Was hoping kat Dennings, Ellen Page or Jennifer Lawrence would play Sam
alistair on Jun 22, 2010
Logan Lerman is Charlie -- it's like a combo of his characters in Hoot, Jack and Bobby, My One and Only. He can play the hyperaware, somewhat naive and funny teen. There is something very likeable and charismatic about Lerman which is why a lot of fans want to see him play iconic characters like Spiderman. I think he will do a really good job with Charlie in Perks. Emma as Sam why not? They look like they would have good chemistry. Cast a good Patrick and Perks is ready to go.
howser on Jun 22, 2010
i think these two will be perfect. They are both really good actors. i loved logan lerman in Percy Jackson and emma watson has done a fantastic job in the harry potter movies. (:
keirstenn(: on Jul 7, 2010
This is my absolute favorite book. I read it this past summer and I could not put it down. (started it in the morning and finished it at night) I love this book so much that I really don't know if I want to see the movie. I don't want to ruin the mental movie that plays in my head every time I think about the book or its characters or when I read the book itself.
tylercalhoun on Nov 2, 2010
If Emma Watson plays Sam im gonna be really upset. Im worried because usually movies ruin great books, but its being directed by the author so im not that worried. But If Emma Watson is Sam and they get someone to play Charlie that sucks, I swear im gonna slap a bitch.
Taylor on Dec 21, 2010
are people here insane!? 😛 lerman is like THE only choice for charlie!!!
Super8 on Aug 5, 2011
This is the most exciting movie for me in years!
Aubrey on Oct 13, 2011
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