Dylan McDermott (Dark Blue) was recently tapped as the lead opposite Connie Britton in American Horror Story, a new drama Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Glee) are developing for FX. Variety reports McDermott has set up two feature roles prior to filming on the pilot. The first is Nobody Walks, the indie dramedy which centers on “a Los Angeles family that takes in a stranger who winds up disrupting their lives.” John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jane Levy also star. Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) will direct from a script she co-wrote with Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture).
Next up is the adaptation of the popular Stephen Chbosky young adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower about “a boy whose life dramatically changes as he learns about secrets buried deep in his past during his freshman year of high school.” Logan Lerman is the boy; McDermott will play his father. Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, and Johnny Simmons also star. Chbosky will direct. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
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 TV ways. 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. [Amazon]