Watch the new film trailer for DEAR EVAN HANSEN which opens in UK cinemas this week.
The new stage-to-film musical stars Ben Platt in the title role alongside big hitters Julianne Moore (Still Alice, The Hunger Games) as Evan’s mother Heidi and Amy Adams (The Woman in the Window, Being Julia) as Connor’s mom.
The much hyped film is based on the smash hit Broadway musical starring Platt in the role of Evan Hansen – he won the Tony Award for his performance. Platt, who is currently also starring in the lead role of Payton Hobart in Netflix series The Politician, recently appeared on Strictly Come Dancing to promote the film where he sang one of the favourite songs from the show You Will Be Found. His screen roles include Benji Applebaum in the much loved Pitch Perfect film series .
The film tells the story of the titular Evan Hansen, who is struggling through high school with social anxiety disorder. He takes advantage of the suicide of a classmate to get closer to the classmate’s family, by pretending that he was good friends with their son.
According to Universal Studios, the film tells the story of “an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.”
The cast also features Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kaitlyn Denver (Booksmart) as Connor’s dad and sister, Amandla Stenberg (The Eddy) as Alana Beck, Nik Dodani (Atypical) as Jared Kleinman, Liz Kate as Gemma, Isaac Cole Powell as Rhys and Colton Ryan as Connor.
The UK London stage production of DEAR EVAN HANSEN resumes performances at the Noel Coward Theatre next week. Tickets for the West End show DEAR EVAN HANSEN are now on sale.