(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
This week we have the first trailer for Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an adaptation of his acclaimed novel of the same name.
Following Logan Lerman in the lead role, the film follows his character as an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, one played by Emma Watson and the other by Ezra Miller, as he is caught between trying to live his life and escape it.
The trailer looks like a bit of light-hearted fun, but it’s the casting that is something we might have to get used to, with two of the leads – Watson and Miller – playing very different roles from what we are used to. Watson, best known for the innocent and hard-working Hermione from the popular Harry Potter franchise plays much more of a rule-breaking character here, whilst Miller, recently seen as the murderous and creepy son in We Need To Talk About Kevin, appears to be someone we will have to get used to laughing a long with. Maybe it will work, but from the trailer it seems like it’s going to be a little uncomfortable in places.
Also starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd and Mae Whitman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set to be released on 14th September in the US, but has no UK release date as of yet.