It’s been nine months since Variety first announced that Emma Watson might be starring in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and now Watson’s first post-“Harry Potter” leading role has been confirmed. Both she and Logan Lerman will headline the adaptation that Summit Entertainment recently picked up.
Watson confirmed the casting on her Facebook page, saying, “Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that the rumours are true – I’m going to be playing Sam in ’The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ opposite Logan Lerman. Love Em xx.”
Chbosky will both write and direct the film, with John Malkovich executive-producing it. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” follows 15-year-old wallflower Charlie (Lerman) who writes a series of letters to an unknown person about his life, including his love for a girl named Sam (Watson), the suicide of his best friend and his struggle to find a group of friends in which he belongs. It is considered to be one of the best interpretations of adolescence in the 1990s out there.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” isn’t the only film on Watson’s slate. She’s filmed a small but important role in the upcoming Michelle Williams-starring film “My Week With Marilyn” and is also a top contender to star opposite Taylor Lautner in the adaptation of the young-adult novel “Incarceron.” There’s also the last “Harry Potter” film, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which is scheduled to hit theaters July 15.
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