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Logan Lerman won’t be returning to the role of Percy Jackson in a third film based on the long running YA fantasy series of the same name. In fact, a third movie won’t be happening at all.
“It’s not happening,” Lerman said when MTV News asked about a threequel at the junket for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming biblical fantasy “Noah.”
Lerman starred as the title character in 2010’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” as well as last year’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” The first two movies followed the title character, the demigod son of Poseidon as he survived the life of a hero-in-training at Half-Blood Camp while battling the forces of the Titan Kronos.
The award-winning “Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse” would have been the next book in the series coming to the big screen — presumably in 2015 or 2016, if the pace of the first two films’ release was continued — following Percy and his allies’ attempts to rescue the goddess Artemis and Percy’s long-time friend Annabeth from the clutches of their kidnappers.
“It’s been a great experience for me,” Lerman said of the role. “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me, but I don’t think it’s happening.” One of those doors is playing the role of Ham, middle son of Noah (Russell Crowe) in Aronofsky’s (“The Fountain”) epic flood fantasy. It was a role that he wasn’t even sure he’d be offered.
“I was interested in this movie before I even knew what it was. I heard that Darren Aronofsky was making a film, and there [were] potentially two roles that I could play, and I was like, ‘I’m in for either one of them.’ ”
Initially, the actor went in to audition for the role of Shem (which would ultimately go to his co-star Douglas Booth), when the director asked him to read for the part of Ham. “It was actually the role I wanted more,” Lerman says. “It’s the role I liked more. There’s a lot of tension between [Ham] and Noah throughout the script and I really responded to that.”
“Noah” will be in theaters March 28th.
He plays the titular shy high schooler in the new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but off-screen Logan Lerman is happy to stand out from the crowd. Here’s what you need to know about the 20-year-old rising star.
1. He’s been a Greek god, a Musketeer – and soon the biblical son of Noah
The Los Angeles-bred actor got his big break in 2010’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, in which he battled Medusa and other mythological baddies as the teenage son of Poseidon. A year later, he showed off his sword-wielding skills as D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers.
Next up: Lerman stars as Ham, the son of prophet Noah (played by Russell Crowe), in the upcoming Biblical epic Noah.
2. His toughest critics share his last name
“The only people I can really rely on for honest review is my family,” says Lerman, the youngest of three siblings. “There are so many times my brother has called me and said, ‘This movie is crap. You need to make better films.’ ” After seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower, “it was the first time they all walked out and said they were really proud of it.”
3. He’ll always love Pittsburgh
He and his Wallflower castmates – including Emma Watson and Ezra Miller – bonded while shooting in the Steel City.
“We took over this wing of the Crowne Plaza in the middle of a mall in a residential area of Pittsburgh,” he says. “None of us had a car, so we couldn’t really go anywhere, so we were kind of isolated there. We were all living on this one floor next door to each other, room to room. Doors were open all of the time; we never slept. It was like a dorm. We had a lot of fun. Mainly we played a lot of music together and really supported each other.”
4. He may be coming to a lobby near you
“I enjoy playing music,” he says. “I enjoy writing music. I play a few [instruments], primarily piano and guitar. I travel with an instrument. If I’m in a hotel and there’s a piano in the lobby, I’ll try to play.”
5. He likes to rock
“At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Neil Young, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, a little bit of Alabama Shakes,” he says of his current iPod playlist.
Would he ever consider releasing an album of his own? “I don’t know if that will ever happen. But I do love music.”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Stephen Chbosky’s movie based on his own novel, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
It is set in Pittsburgh and was filmed here a year ago with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd and Dylan McDermott. It’s a coming-of-age story about a high school freshman grappling with new friends and experiences and an old, buried secret. No Toronto date has been announced for “Perks” just yet.
Well, it’s about time. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, based on one of my favorite novels by Stephen Chbosky, has finally got a release date, reports The Film Stage. The film is set for release on September 14th, 2012, which means that it could premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film, starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, tells the story of a young man in high school experiencing the ups and downs of being social and, well, not being social. The introverted protagonist Charlie, who fancies himself more of an observer, falls for a girl named Sam, with whom he is best friends with, as well as with her gay older step brother Patrick (Ezra Miller, still looking creepy after WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN). Patrick and Sam push Charlie to become more extroverted and sociable and the results in honest, tender, and heartbreaking moments.
The film is directed by the novel’s author, Chbosky (who also directed the film adaptation of RENT), and will be released by Summit Entertainment. The trailer will be aired on June 3, just prior to the MTV Movie Awards.
I was initially skeptical of Watson undertaking the role of Sam, but now having realized that she’s incredibly versatile, I have faith in her to execute it well. Lerman I’m unsure of, as he does not seem to look “wallflower” enough, but who knows. I’ll be interested to see how the book translates to the screen, especially since the author himself has adapted it and directed it. The novel’s epistolary style 9in the form of letters) is one of my favorite aspects, and I’m intrigued as to how that element will be included, or excluded. I hold the novel close to my heart, and I hope the film does it justice.