Dear Evan Hansen movie gets first trailer

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Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

Dear Evan Hansen's movie adaptation finally has its first trailer.

Universal Pictures has debuted a brand new trailer, which you can watch above, and some first-look images for the movie, which is an adaptation of the Broadway and West End musical hit.

The movie sees Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning actor Ben Platt reprise his stage role as high school student Evan Hansen, an anxious teen who is desperate to be accepted and to find somewhere he belongs.

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Photo credit: Universal

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Evan begins writing himself letters at the recommendation of his therapist in order to cope with his social anxiety, but is upset when one of his letters is picked up from a school printer by fellow student Connor Murphy (Little Voice's Colton Ryan), who has already revealed to Evan that he also feels lonely.

Evan is left shocked when he is called for a meeting with Connor's mother Cynthia (Enchanted star Amy Adams) and stepfather Larry (Scandal's Danny Pino), during which Cynthia passes Evan his letter and tells him: "Connor wanted you to have this" – mistakenly believing that Connor wrote the letter to Evan.

Larry tells Evan that Connor has taken his own life, news which shocks Evan – and he soon becomes caught in the lie that Connor wrote the letter and that the pair had been friends.

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Photo credit: Universal

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Evan becomes close to Connor's family, including his sister Zoe (Booksmart's Kaitlyn Dever), and gets involved in school events held to remember Connor. But how long can Evan keep up his pretence?

The movie features several of the stage show's iconic songs, including 'You Will Be Found', 'Waving Through a Window' and 'For Forever'.

The Hunger Games actress Julianne Moore also stars as Evan's mother Heidi, while The Hate U Give actress Amandla Stenberg plays Alana Beck and Atypical actor Nik Dodani takes on the role of Jared Kleinman.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

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Dear Evan Hansen is directed by Wonder and The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky and produced by La La Land's Marc Platt and 2 Guns' Adam Siegel. The script has been written by the stage show's writer Steven Levenson, while music and lyrics are by the stage show's award-winning songwriting team, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Dear Evan Hansen will be released in cinemas on October 22 in the UK and on September 24 in the US.

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