Screen Daily reports that Emma Watson has signed on to play opposite Logan Lerman in the big screen adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Author Stephen Chbosky will be adapting the 1999 coming-of-age novel for the screen, as well as making his directorial debut on the film.
Logan will play the main character, 15 year old Charlie, an outsider who struggles to to cope with mental illness, first love and the suicide of his best friend, as well as trying to find out where he belongs. Emma will play Sam, his first love interest.
Summit’s President of Production, Erik Feig, stated, “Every so often you read a book that reminds you what life was really like at a particular age in all its wonderful and terrible details or if you’re lucky enough to read it at the right time in your life, it can change the course you’re on and make you think things are actually going to be ok. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is that book and we are thrilled for the opportunity to turn it into that kind of movie as well. We know we are off to the right start with Stephen directing, with Emma and Logan starring, and with our talented producer team.”
After completing Harry Potter last year, Emma filmed a role in My Week With Marilyn which is due for release this year.
Logan Lerman will next be seen in Summit’s The Three Musketeers and most recently starred in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief .
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is due to start shooting in the summer.