If you loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower (and really, who didn't?), this news is going to make your day: Perks actress Emma Watson will star in Stephen Chbosky's new movie. The project, called While We're Young, will be written by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, guys who know a thing or two about how to make a good movie: They're the scribes behind (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, and 2014's The Fault in Our Stars. With a star, director, and writers as talented as these, it's hard to imagine that While We're Young will be anything less than perfect.
The movie, based off 29, a novel by Adena Halpern, follows a 75-year old woman who is granted the ability to be 29 again for one day, and uses her wish to bond with her granddaughter, now the same age. It's a family-oriented adventure story, spanning three generations of women: the grandmother, her 55-year-old daughter, and her granddaughter.
The plot sounds a little too cheesy, but we're not too worried. In the hands of Chbosky, who wrote and directed the critically adored film adaptation of his novel, While We're Young is sure to rise above any corniness in the plot. And Watson, who's made a valiant effort over the past few years to show her range as an actress, will no doubt make a silly-sounding role feel likable and real.
Is it too soon to hope that Chbosky brings Perks stars Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller on board? Sure, there may not be any roles for them in the movie, but what a pleasure it would be to see the three stars, who shared such chemistry in Perks, reunited onscreen. Since that's unlikely, though, we'll have to settle for just Chbosky and Watson together again, which is more than satisfying enough. Here's hoping that While We're Young lives up to our expectations, which, to be fair, are very, very high.