You don’t have to wait for forever because Universal Pictures confirmed that the film adaptation of the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” will be on the big screen on September 24, 2021.
As in previous reports, Evan Hansen will be played by Ben Platt who originated the role and won him a Tony Award for lead actor in a musical. He will be joined by Oscar winner Julianne Moore as Evan’s mother Heidi, Amy Adams as Cynthia Murphy, Danny Pino as Larry Murphy, Amandla Stenberg as Alana Beck, Colton Ryan as Connor Murphy, and Nik Dodani as Jared Kleinman. New roles specially created for the movie version will be played by DeMarius Copes, Gerald Caesar, and Liz Kate.
The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky with Steven Levenson’s screenplay based on his book, and music by award-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film is produced by Marc Platt and Adam Seigel.
The musical follows the life of Evan Hansen, an anxious high school student who gets caught up in a web of lies as his letter is mistaken to be a schoolmate’s suicide note. It opened on Broadway in December 2016 and won numerous awards including six Tony Awards, two Drama League Awards, and a Grammy Award. It got rave reviews and encouraged open dialogue about its themes of mental illness and youth suicide.
According to Variety, “Universal forged an early premium video-on-demand agreement with cinema chains AMC and Cinemark. Under the pact, the studio can debut new movies on home entertainment after 17 days without fear that major theater circuits will boycott.” This gives Dear Evan Hansen a better chance of keeping its fall release date compared to other movies that were scheduled for this year.
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