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In this edition of Casting Call Friday, we’ve decided to cast The Perks of Being a Wallflower by author Stephen Chbosky.

Let’s check out the plot and cast & crew:

PLOT:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of a boy (Charlie), who takes us through the life of a high school freshman in a series of anonymously addressed letters. The world he opens to us is funny and scary and shocking, and the set of characters he introduces to us never fail to amaze and amuse, as they all experience love, sex, drugs, violence, angst and all other adolescent adventures. [Click here to read the LitSnit review.]

CAST & CREW:

List of Characters:

Character: Charlie

Charlie is a bit of an enigma. He can be both extroverted and introverted, both completely charismatic and a complete weirdo. He is very emotional and observant of everyone around him. A lot of what he does it defined by the people he’s surrounded by.

Casting Call Callback: Anton Yelchin –Movies he starred in that we loved: Terminator Salvation, Star Trek, Alpha Dog.

Character: Sam

Sam is the self-assured teenage love interest of Charlie. He is repeatedly amazed by her physical and inner beauty. She never plays games and is never dismissive of Charlie’s issues or emotions.

Casting Call Callback: Kate Mara – Movies she starred in that we loved: Brokeback Mountain, Transsiberian.

Character: Patrick

Patrick is Charlie’s first homosexual friend. Although not closeted about it, Patrick does encounter a number of problems because of his sexual orientation. Another tortured character, Patrick is an integral part Charlie’s own sexual experimentation.

Casting Call Callback: John Patrick Amedori – Movies he starred in that we loved Stick It, TiMER.

Character: Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth is the first girl Charlie dates. She is an outspoken feminist and is quite assertive in the relationship she pursues with Charlie.

Casting Call Callback: April Pearson – Movies she starred in that we loved: none. But she was simply amazing in the TV show Skins.

Character: Bill

Bill is a young high school English teacher. He is well educated and believes in his students, especially Charlie. He tries to nurture Charlie’s wring talent by making him read all sorts of literary classics..

Casting Call Callback: Austin Nichols – Movies he starred in that we loved: Glory Road (and we’ll never forget him as Julian Baker in One Tree Hill)

SOUNDTRACK:

The National “Green Gloves

Massive Attack “Teardrop

Note: The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie is in the works. As of now, not much is know about the cast and crew. Click here to view the latest information on this project.

Summary: (via Goodreads) Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the unique creation of author Stephen Chbosky. This book, which takes the format of an epistolary novel, describes the life of a fourteen year old boy in his first year of high school. Every few days the main character, Charlie, writes a new letter in which he updates an unnamed recipient about the events of his life. Sometimes a lot happens, other times the letter are more personal and reflective. Regardless, we continue to follow his steps into that intimately familiar territory of adolescence.

After completing the book, two distinct feeling emerge: a feeling of compassion toward the great amount of drama and trauma in Charlie’s life, and an unsettling feeling toward the strangeness of Charlie’s behavior. This eeriness is cause by the fact that he only exhibits two distinct emotional states: incredible emotional hyperactivity and complete emotional inactivity. The mystery behind his anonymity (Charlie is the pen-name he creates for himself while addressing the letters) combined with the fact that we never learn where he is from or who he is writing to also contribute to this sensation. And it’s not until we realize the strategic purpose behind his behavior and anonymity that we truly start to understand the book. It seems Chbosky envisioned his hero as the fictional representation of all of us. The author manages to give Charlie this universality by making him a perfect chameleon: Charlie is both reclusive and outgoing, both your best friend and a complete oddity, both emotionally stable and a complete wreck. The reason Charlie needs to be all these things is because he is facing the quintessential life dilemma of choosing whether he should try and satisfy others or try and satisfy himself. What complicates the matter is that he repeatedly fails to do either, which lead him into modes of depression, disorientation, and indifference.

The only times he does get some respite from himself is when he reads books and spends time with Sam, the girl that he loves. Charlie finds comfort in the books that he reads (e.g., The Stranger, The Catcher in the Rye, The Fountainhead), and you can see a 1991 version of Holden Caulfield and Meursault in him. His friendship with Sam is another thing altogether. He is in awe of her bluntness and honesty and beauty. She gives him a strange sort of comfort and he craves her on a purely emotional basis, something quite contradictory to what he is: a hormonally driven teenage boy.

Perhaps because it’s been so many years since we’ve been fourteen or maybe it’s because we never really had the time to analyze life at that age, but reading Charlie’s narrative is a revelation. The honesty in his words is stirring, packed with innocent notions about things like acceptance, self image, and the emotions of parents and sibling. His account is both wondrous and difficult to read. In many ways, what he reveals isn’t new at all but more like an old memory we’ve forgotten.

Lit Snit Verdict: B