Ben Platt reprises his titular role in the official trailer for the Dear Evan Hansen film, which Universal Pictures unveiled on Tuesday (May 18).
The heartwarming clip showcases the Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning actor portraying his Broadway character Evan Hansen, an anxious, lonely high school teenager who writes motivational letters to himself per his therapist’s assignment. His classmate Connor Murphy takes one of the letters, but after he dies by suicide, Connor’s parents find Evan’s note in his pocket and believe it to be his suicide note directed for Evan. Evan begins to bond with Connor’s family and plans his memorial service — where he shines in his eventually viral performance of “You Will Be Found” — while his fabricated friendship with Connor catches up to him.
Stephen Chbosky is directing the 2021 film adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical that opened on Broadway in December 2016, with Platt’s father Marc co-producing. The screenplay for the Dear Evan Hansen adaptation was written by Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by the songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Dear Evan Hansen will premiere in theaters on Sept. 24.
Watch the official trailer for Dear Evan Hansen below.