Universal just dropped the first trailer for Dear Evan Hansen, the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The movie stars Ben Platt reprising the titular stage role as the isolated high school student who writes letters to himself. The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) from a script by Stephen Levenson, who wrote the original book upon which the musical was based. The film will premiere in theaters September 24.
Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of Evan Hansen, a high school student who spends his days writing letters to himself because he is lonely and friendless. The plot takes a complicated twist when a classmate, Connor Murphy, dies by suicide with one of Hansen’s notes in his pocket. Murphy’s parents come to believe it was actually a suicide note addressed to Hansen, and that the two had been friends. Hansen goes along with their misunderstanding, and forms a relationship with Murphy’s surviving family.
The original musical created by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul was a big hit on Broadway as soon as it opened in December 2016, eventually winning six Tony awards including best musical and best actor for Platt. The original Broadway cast album of the songs won a Grammy as well. Platt now has a Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Grammy to his name. Dear Even Hansen also stars Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Kaitlynn Dever, and Amandla Stenberg.
Platt, who has been in the business since he was a child, starred in multiple Broadway hits over the years including Book of Mormon. He has also appeared in the film Pitch Perfect and starred in the Netflix comedy series The Politician. Platt came out publicly in an emotional music video and interview in 2019, but noted he’d been out “to my family and anyone in my life” since he was 12.
You can check out the first trailer for Dear Evan Hansen below. The movie opens nationwide September 24.