Cher Evan Hansen, the hit Broadway musical that was inevitable in New York for about half a decade, is finally coming to the big screen. With a cast of heavy hitters including Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and Kaitlyn Dever, the new trailer shows director Stephen Chbosky’s approach to adapting the hit play, that is, he Pen15-ing it. Just like the Hulu series in which comedians in their thirties play teenage versions of their young selves, Cher Evan Hansen features a track in his late twenties, 27-year-old Ben Platt reprising his role as the holder of 17 years. And, boy, Hi, that looks weird.
Evan Hansen follows, uh, Evan Hansen as he deals with the suicide of another teenager by writing letters to himself, being anxious and withdrawn from school and looking like a 27-year-old. Not that there is anything wrong with looking like a 27 years old, but man, this all really looks like Pen15. Like, did they think no one would notice? Sure, that’s common in Hollywood, but come on.
But the attraction of Hansen is presumably the music, which was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The greatest showman). Steven Levenson, who wrote the book for the show, too wrote the screenplay. However, based on the trailer, which gives you pretty much the entire movie, the dancing isn’t really the strong point of this thing because Evan just stand there when he sings. Heck, you might not even know it’s a musical until the very end, which is weird because, damn, this guy doesn’t look like a teenager. Well the show won a bunch of Tonys, so maybe they know what they’re doing.
Cher Evan Hansen hits theaters (!) on September 24.