The upcoming adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set to be a low-budget indie production, but writer/director/author of the novel Stephen Chbosky may look to grander blockbuster fantasy fare for his leads with the likes of Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in contention. Since Sony is not yet willing to make him the new Spider-Man, Variety reports that Lerman may follow up Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief with this coming-of-age drama. Likewise, if Watson signs on, Wallflower would represent her first feature film role outside of the Harry Potter franchise.
Published by MTV (wait, what?) in 1999, The Perks of Being a Wallflower tells the story of a teen who assumes the alias “Charlie”, and describes the various events of his high school life in letters to an anonymous person. You can find a full synopsis after the jump:
Here’s the plot synopsis via 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 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.