The first trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower premiered at the MTV Movie Awards, and even though we haven’t read the book, we still thought it looks pretty great. The movie has an incredibly strong cast in Logan Lerman as the eponymous wallflower, Ezra Miller playing a gay teen, and… the true breakout star, Emma Watson.
See, as much as we’ve been enjoying the photos of Emma in velour tracksuits for Spring Breakers, Wallflowers is her debut with an American accent. And following in the tradition of American actresses looking to play sexy and relatable, Emma has taken on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl role. After watching the trailer twice, it’s the best way I can describe her character Sam: She’s got short hair and a boyish name, she says things like “Welcome to the island of misfit toys,” and Logan’s character Charlie crushes on her the second he meets her. How can he not, when she does things like stand in a moving car waving her arms and whooping with joy at her teenage invincibility? Not to mention that she slinks around in lingerie and a feather boa in the trio’s weekly Rocky Horror Picture Show outings.
The trailer doesn’t set up much more than that: These kids are outcasts, Sam teaches Charlie to love, etc. My thought is that the studio is betting on two audiences: a) kids who read Stephen Chbosky‘s book, and b) people who are curious to see Emma Watson play an American.
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