Did you hear that sound, readers? That sound was Tumblr exploding, thanks to the trailer that launched a thousand “squeeeeeeeeeee!”s. The film adaptation of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky’s modern young adult classic that is either the Catcher In The Rye of the digital generation or a string of annoyingly-overquoted high school poetic Facebook profile soundbites, depending on who you ask, has been the subject of buzz for a while. And now there’s a trailer, which premiered, aptly, during the MTV Movie Awards.
The trailer exhibits some key scenes fans of the novel will recognize, and pretty faithfully at that, which makes sense, since Chbosky wrote the screenplay and serves as director (fun fact: he also wrote the film adaptation of Rent, which, much like Wallflower, is another work a lot of people tend to really, really love in their formative years—and a few quite a bit later). But sadly, none of the music referenced heavily in it appears—nothing from The Smiths, no “Landslide.”
Mr. Mudd, the studio that brought you Juno and Ghost World, is behind the adaptation, which stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) as Charlie, the earnest young narrator. The great and terrifying Ezra Miller, who starred as the disturbed-teen title character in We Need to Talk About Kevin, plays Charlie’s best pal, Patrick, and Emma Watson trades in her Gryffindor robes for Rocky Horror fishnets as his other best friend/love interest, Sam. Paul Rudd (as Charlie’s English teacher), Nina Dobrev, Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott round out the cast. The trailer shows several pivotal scenes, including a schoolyard brawl, the Christmas party, one of the many Rocky Horror Picture Show reenactments and that iconic moment, in the tunnel, when Sam/Emma stands up on the truck flatbed with her dress billowing in the wind and everyone has a lot of feelings. We also get two of the book’s key profile-quote soundbites: “We accept the love we think we deserve” and “In that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Commence GIF-creating in 5… 4… 3… 2…
Watch the trailer below, and then listen to one of the theme songs appearing throughout the novel—“Asleep” by The Smiths.