The Tony Award-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen, starring Ben Platt, is heading to the big screen, which will also star Platt in the lead role.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), Dear Evan Hansen follows a highly anxious teenage boy who craves to make a connection with his fellow peers. One way to cope with this is to write letters to himself per his therapist’s instructions. But when the letter falls into the hands of a fellow student, who later commits suicide, Even uses the tragedy a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. Soon he finds himself in the midst of a lie that grows wildly out of control.
While Platt is known for playing the role of the high schooler, it seems that he looks too old to play the part. No doubt he has a profound connection to the role, so he brings that to the table. And maybe Tony winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by the show’s Oscar®, Grammy and Tony-winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Can help us forget that a 27-year-old man is playing the role of a high schooler.
“Dear Evan Hansen” will also feature the showstopping songs “You Will Be Found,” “Waving Through a Window,” “For Forever” and “Words Fail”
But a film like this has its audience, especially those who haven’t discovered their identity or are going through the same social anxious motions as Evan.
“Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (“Booksmart”), Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”), Colton Ryan (Apple TV+’s “Little Voice”), Nik Dodani (Netflix’s “Atypical”), DeMarius Copes (Broadway’s “Mean Girls”) and Danny Pino (NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”).
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.
Dear Evan Hansen is produced by Marc Platt (“La La Land,” “Into the Woods,” “Mary Poppins Returns”) and Adam Siegel (“2 Guns,” “Drive”), and is executive produced by Michael Bederman, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in all territories.
Universal has set “Dear Evan Hansen” to open in theaters September 24, 2021.