The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev Learns THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Summit Entertainment is filling out the cast for its upcoming adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. Deadline reports that Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) has been cast as Charlie’s sister, who will be named Candace in the film.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower centers on a freshman introvert going by the alias of Charlie, who writes letters to an anonymous recipient about his life. A frequent target of book bans, Wallflower tackles everything from drug use and suicide to homosexuality and the difficulties of adolescence.

Dobrev joins Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), who has been cast as Charlie, Emma Watson (Harry Potter films), who will play Sam, Mae Whitman (Parenthood), who will be Mary Elizabeth, and Paul Rudd, who has been cast as Bill. Chbosky is on board to both write the screenplay and direct the film, so this is one adaptation where the author’s vision rules.

Dobrev starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation as teen mom Mia Jones from 2006-2009 and she currently plays the dual roles of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

How do you think The Perks of Being a Wallflower will be as a movie? Do you like the casting choices?

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  • http://twitter.com/caitlinmfrost Caitlin Frost

    I originally was afraid that it’d be another one of those great books that was ruined by the film adaptation, but since Chbosky is also writing the screenplay, I have hopes.
    Not sure about the casting, though. I love Whitman, but Watson is kinda flaky and does a whole lot of eyebrow acting in HP, and I wasn’t a fan of Percy Jackson the movie. But I’m still excited about it!

    • Michelle StJames

      I wouldn’t be interested in this at all if Chbosky weren’t writing the script, to be honest, because there are too many ways for Hollywood to water down the book. I love Whitman, too and I’m very curious to see Watson outside the HP-verse. Percy Jackson had many issues, but I think Lerman has potential. Color me cautiously optimistic. :)