Emma Watson is looking to tackle another young adult novel that captured the minds of a generation, but this one doesn't involve wands and broomsticks. According to Variety, the 20-year-old actress is in talks to join the cast of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" as the romantic interest, Sam. This would be her first feature role beyond the "Harry Potter" series.
Another young fantasy star, Logan Lerman, is also in talks to play the story's main character, who nicknames himself "Charlie" for anonymity. The 18-year-old is best known for his work as the titular lead in "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," and has been cast as D'Artagnan in Paul W.S. Anderson's new adaptation of "The Three Musketeers."
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" has been praised for capturing the adolescence of the 1990s. Narrated by Charlie through a series of letters he writes to an anonymous friend (aka the reader), the story follows the 15-year-old wallflower as he deals with familial issues, drug use, sexuality and burgeoning feelings for Sam, as well as thoughts of suicide.
Author Stephen Chbosky has written the script for the film and will also direct it, which we're shocked and pleased to hear. Stephen isn't new to the business as a writer (he wrote the screenplay for "Rent" as well as many episodes of "Jericho"), but he only has one directing credit to his name: 1995's "The Four Corners of Nowhere" which he directed, wrote and produced.
But this is a very popular little book that we're surprised hasn't made it to the big screen yet, and we're hoping that with the author being the one to direct it, the film will be made right. Add that to the fact that Emma is planning on continuing a high-profile film career after "Harry Potter" wraps, and you've got some pretty happy Hollywood Crush writers over here.
Are you excited "Perks" is being adapted? Do you think Logan is a good Charlie and Emma is a good Sam?