OK, guys, here’s the deal, the fan-favorite Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen is gearing up to hit the big screen! In June 2020, Deadline reported that Universal was working on turning the musical into a feature film with Stephen Chbosky reportedly directing, Marc Platt and Adam Siegel producing it, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul handling the soundtrack, and Steve Levenson — who wrote the book for the stage musical — writing the script.
“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,” the trailer’s description reads.
“I think everybody obviously had in their minds that I wasn’t going to stay teen-adjacent forever,” Ben told Vanity Fair about the film during a May 2021 interview. “The need to get it done was a little urgent. Then of course the pandemic happened, and I kind of assumed that was that—it would be a no-go, and by the time the pandemic was over, I’d have outgrown it.”
Prior to reprising his role in the movie, Ben was hesitant to take it from the stage to the movie theater. “The legacy of the stage performance has really changed my life, and to jeopardize that legacy in any way is a very scary thing. But I think in the back of my mind, I always felt [that] I’m going to want to show this to my children one day, and I’m going to want this immortalized,” the actor explained.
The Broadway star added, “It was very cathartic to put a final stamp on each scene and each song as we went along and say goodbye to it individually, and really know that this time, for sure — without the, like, looming promise of an adaptation — that this was going to really be the last time.”
Now, Ben, along with some other pretty famous faces, is getting ready to step into his iconic shoes for the upcoming premiere. Who else is appearing in the Dear Evan Hansen movie? Well, Don’t worry, people, because J-14‘s got you covered. Scroll through our gallery to meet the full cast of the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen movie.
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