In 2017, Dear Evan Hansen cleaned up in most of the big categories at the 71st annual Tony Awards. The musical, whose cast originally featured the incredibly talented Ben Platt in the titular role, has gone on to become one of the most successful and beloved musicals of all time. In November 2018, Universal Pictures acquired the rights with the intention of turning it into a big-budget film. As first revealed by Universal Pictures, the highly-anticipated big-screen adaptation will dance its way into theaters on September 24th of this year.
The star of the musical original broadway cast Ben Platt will once again don the famous wrist-cast for the film. additionally, Oscar winner Julianne Moore has signed on to join the ensemble, joining Colton Ryan, Amy Adams, Kaitlyn Dever, and Amandla Stenberg. Additionally, the movie will include the same great songs seen in the musical including “Sincerely, Me”, “Waving Through The Window” and “Only Us”. Moreover, Amandla Stenberg has written and will perform a new song original to the movie.
Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a young man with a social anxiety disorder. In order to make a connection with his peers, he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. When the classmate commits suicide, shy Evan Hansen finds himself at the center of the tragedy and turmoil. In an attempt to comfort the boy’s grieving family, Evan pretends that he was actually good friends with their son. He fabricates an email account to prove their friendship, and when a fake suicide note makes its way online, Evan finds himself the unintended face of a viral video about loneliness and friendship.
The musical was penned by The Greatest Showman lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul alongside Steven Levenson. The three creators will serve as executive producers with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Levenson will write the film’s script while Wonder director Stephen Chbosky will helm the project.
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