The Perks of Being a Wallflower Now A Movie With an Awesome Cast
By Alex Cranz
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a contentious little book. It regularly tops the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books. Though I think a book about gay penguins may have beaten it this year?
It’s about a boy coming to terms with his best friend’s suicide (also coming to terms with another past event I won’t tell you about because it’s a spoiler). It’s also about him growing up and making friends. There’s all kind of juicy very special De Grassi episode things going on in this book. Drug use. Sexual experimentation. First loves. Abuse.
The book is written by Stephen Chbosky. He’s also behind the terrible 2005 film adaptation of Rent, and the actually kind of great post-apocalyptic tv series Jericho. I think I’ve now established that Chbosky’s writing is all over the place. I’m kind of hoping it’s in a good place for the film adaptation of Wallflower (he’s writing and directing it) because the cast they’ve lined up for this movie is nothing short of brilliant.
Rather then list all the actors I’m just going to throw up a load of pictures. GET EXCITED.
Paul Rudd is signed on to play Charlie’s English teacher and Johnny Simmons (Young Neil from Scott Pilgrim and the adorable boyfriend from Jennifer’s Body) is playing Michael, the best friend who offs himself (it’s not a spoiler if it happens early in the book!).
According to Kate Walsh’s Twitter Wallflower started shooting yesterday. Can we discuss the fact that the oldest member of the cast appears to be the one with the most active Twitter account? Is that ironic? Just amusing? SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO ME.