Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky to Rekindle Some Magic With ‘While We’re Young’


Despite the fact that everyone with a soul loved the Harry Potter franchise, there was quite a bit of speculation following its completion as to whether or not the three young actors who made up the core of those films’ casts would be able to transcend their iconic roles and go on to have continued success in the acting world once they were over. Emma Watson didn’t take long to prove that she’d do just fine, however, and the big reason she was able to do that was the head-turning supporting role she was given in Stephen Chbosky’s 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Given that Chbosky was primarily known as a writer, but was now going to be handling directing duties on Wallflower (which was an adaptation of his novel of the same name), there were more questions floating around regarding how successful that film was going to be than just whether or not moviegoers would be able to accept Watson as anything other than Hermione, but, in the end, Wallflower was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2012, and Watson’s performance ended up being one of the biggest highlights of a film that was full of them. And now there’s some news that Chbosky and Watson are going to be looking to rediscover some of that old chemistry, as a new project has them slated to work together again.

The news comes from Deadline, who report that Chbosky has been tapped to helm While We’re Young, which is an adaptation of the Adena Halpern novel “29” that was penned by (500) Days of Summer scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. While the report also states that Watson has been hired to act in the film, it isn’t specific about which character she’ll be playing. A look at the plot description points to two different possibilities, however. It reads, “a 75-year old woman, still feeling frisky and that she has far more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter than with her stuffy 55-year-old daughter, is granted a birthday wish. She gets to be 29 again, for a day. She uses the time to go on an adventure with her now same-aged granddaughter. The film tells the story of three generations of women.”

One has to imagine that would mean that Watson will either be playing the granddaughter or the younger version of the old lady, who appears once all of the mystical voodoo happens. This material should be interesting to watch Chbosky take on, seeing as his most famous work is about the trials and tribulations of being young, and this story seems to be all about looking back on youth with a certain nostalgia. Let’s just hope that this time around, whatever tone the material takes, Chbosky doesn’t have any of his characters fail to recognize a ridiculously famous David Bowie song. Disbelief can only be suspended so far, after all, even in a movie about a magical de-aging.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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