Today is going to be a good day. And here's why — the Dear Evan Hansen trailer is out!
The film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical shows Ben Platt reprising his role as Evan, a teenager aching to belong, who finds himself mistaken for the best friend of a classmate, Connor, who took his own life.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wonder), the film also stars Amy Adams as Connor's mother, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Atypical), DeMarius Copes (Broadway’s Mean Girls), and Danny Pino (NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
Additionally, the film is written by Steven Levenson and features the original and new music from songwriting pair Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Although there were no explicit LGBTQ+ storylines in the Dear Evan Hansen musical, the production has resonated with many queer fans, who have identified with the theme of being an outsider. As Pasek, who is gay, told The Advocate, Dear Evan Hansen is "about a boy who feels alone and invisible. It's about the need to be seen and be heard and feel like your voice matters. I absolutely felt that way for a very long time and still feel that way sometimes."
Pasek cowrote the novel version of Dear Evan Hansen, in which it was revealed that Connor Murphy, whose death sets off the events of the plot, had a relationship with a man. It is not yet known if this will carry over to the film.
However, the Dear Evan Hansen film has several prominent LGBTQ+ cast members, including Platt, Stenberg, Dodani, and Copes (as well as gay icons Adams and Moore).
Break out the tissues and watch the trailer below.