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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' Actor to Co-Star in CW's 'Blink'

Johnny Simmons has joined the drama pilot from "Awkward's" Vera Herbert and "Smash's" David Marshall Grant.

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Johnny Simmons

The CW's Blink has added a Wallflower.

Johnny Simmons, who played closeted star quarterback Brad in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has joined the one-hour drama pilot executive produced by Smash's David Marshall Grant, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From CBS TV Studios and Timberman-Beverly Productions, Blink is a warm, quirky, humorous drama about the Trask family, whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when patriarch Greg has a car crash resulting in a coma-like syndrome in which he cannot speak or move but can see and hear all. Narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation.

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Simmons will play Dodge Trask, the middle child in the family, who is currently directionless. A talented musician who has given up playing and is now working as a door-to-door salesman, Dodge was a passenger in the wreck that left his father in a coma.

Vera Herbert (Awkward) will write and executive produce, along with Grant, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. Peter Hedges will direct the pilot. Simmons joins a cast that includes Mr. Popper's Penguins' Madeline Carroll and House's Michael Weston.

Repped by Anonymous Content, Simmons has also starred in 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Jennifer's Body and has appeared in CBS' Elementary and HBO's Cinema Verite.

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