Ben Platt is returning to play the lead role in the film reprise of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, set for release in October.
The role won him an award for Best Actor at the 71st Tony Awards and now he’s taken his talents to the big screen.
Dear Evan Hansen is an emotional teen drama that follows Evan Hansen, an anxious and lonely student who writes letters to himself. After Evan’s classmate gets a hold of one of his letters and dies with it still in his pocket, people believe that it was a suicide note addressed to Evan. Getting caught in an elaborate lie, the situation becomes more complex for Evan as tensions build in his relationships.
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Platt in an interview with NME said,
“I think I was nervous about having to meet that same level in a medium that I’m not necessarily as instinctually comfortable in, and that doesn’t necessarily lend itself to the same kind of fireworks as a live performance”. However he says that, “having an opportunity to share this story with, like, millions more people is ultimately much more important than my being worried that my performance won’t be as good as it was on stage”
The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower) with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film will also star Kaitlyn Denver, Amy Adams, Amandla Stenberg and Julianne Moore.