Nina Dobrev will be trading vampirism for... well, more traditional coming-of-age challenges.
The "Vampire Diaries" actress has joined the cast of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's young adult cult novel. Dobrev joins recent birthday girl Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd and Mae Whitman for the project, according to Deadline.
Chbosky's controversial book is written in the epistolary format (a la "Dracula," speaking of vampires), in which the teenaged Charlie (to be played by Lerman of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief") describes his experiences with sexuality, drug abuse, suicide and other issues in his letters to an anonymous person, whom he apparently doesn't know personally.
Nina Dobrev, who currently plays the lead role of Elena Gilbert on "The Vampire Diaries," will be playing the part of Candace. Emma Watson is playing Sam, Charlie's true love, and Mae Whitman (Roxy in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") is Mary Elizabeth, a tattooed vegetarian and Charlie's first girlfriend.
We've been waiting for Nina to break out and become a full-fledged movie star. She's been taking baby steps with projects like "Chloe" and "The Roommate," but "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" sounds like a major step toward her eventually showing up in some big superhero movie.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," which is being directed by Stephen Chbosky himself, will be released in 2012.