The stars are really turning out aren't they?
The film adaptation of the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen has added an Academy Award winner to its cast in one Julianne Moore according to Deadline. Moore will play the mother of the titular Evan, who is a high schooler with social anxiety. The character, named Heidi Hansen, was originated by Rachel Ray Jones.
Moore is joining Ben Platt, who won a Tony for playing Evan Hansen, Amy Adams who plays Cynthia Murphy, Amandla Stenberg who plays Alana Beck, Danny Pino who plays Larry Murphy, Colton Ryan who plays Connor Murphy, Kaitlyn Dever who plays Zoe Murphy, and Nik Dodani who plays Jared Kleinman. Though Platt played Hansen in all of the workshops, and for the initial Broadway run which began in November 2016, he was replaced by Noah Galvin in November 2017 who played the role until February 2018. The two are now dating.
Evan Hansen is a high school teenager with social anxiety at the center of a rapidly evolving controversy. The Broadway production was heavily awarded, snagging six Tony's and a Grammy.
Steven Levenson, who wrote the stageplay will write the screenplay, and it will include music from songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the screenplays for Rent as well as Beauty and the Beast, will direct and the project will act as his directorial debut.
There is no release date or production timeline for the project yet but it will be released by Universal Pictures.