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.