Multi-award winning actress Amy Adams has joined the cast of the Dear Evan Hansen movie.
According to a report by Variety, the Enchanted star will be playing Cynthia Murphy, the mother of characters Connor and Zoe Murphy, to be portrayed by Colton Ryan (Little Voice) and Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable) respectively. Ryan was a member of the original Broadway cast of the musical, understudying the roles of Evan, Jared, and Connor.
Dear Evan Hansen follows the story of a young man struggling with social anxiety and who gets unintentionally caught up in an elaborate deception when the family of a classmate who committed suicide mistakes one of Hansen’s letters as their son’s suicide note. As Hansen finds the love and acceptance he has yearned for, he feels conflicted about telling the family the truth.
The musical was nominated for nine Tonys and won five including best musical, best actor, best featured actress, and best score.
Ben Platt (The Politician) is set to reprise the role of Evan Hansen, which he originated on the Broadway musical and for which he won a Tony Award. The most recent additions to the cast are Danny Pino (Mayans M.C.) as Larry Murphy, Nik Dodani (Atypical) as Jared Kleinman, and Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) as Alana Beck.
Variety reports that Alana’s role will be expanded from the stage production and Stenberg will be performing a new original song composed specifically for the film. Stenberg is collaborating with lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on the song.
Stephen Chbosky (Wonder) will be directing the film and Steve Levenson, who wrote the book for the musical, will be penning the script. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), who wrote the music for the show, will also serve as executive producers.