The Tony award winning broadway play Dear Evan Hanson is being adapted into a film and Amandla Stenberg is set to star. Amandla has starred in a few book to screen adaptations already, including Angie Thomas’s novel The Hate U Give, in the lead role of Starr. Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything as the lead role of Maddie, and she portrayed Rue in the first Hunger Games film. As well as many other roles that make her great for this film.
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The movie is based on the play of the same name that tells the story of a teenage boy named Evan Hanson, who is believed to be friends with a boy who has recently committed suicide. The boy’s family believes one of Hanson’s letters was a note left by their son before he died. Hanson plays into the lie and things get complicated the more he plays along. Amandla will be portraying Alana, and in the play the part was small but the for the movie the part will be expanded more and will even include a new original song for the character.
Alana is social media savvy and a high school senior who hides her loneliness behind her cheerful attitude. However, her reaction to the suicide starts a movement. Sounds like the perfect role for Amandla and she will also help write the song she will be singing in the film with the help of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, who wrote the music for the film. So be prepared for this song to be amazing.
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The other stars of the movie are Ben Platt who played the title role of Hanson in the play and Kaitlyn Dever, who will be playing Zoe, Hanson’s boyfriend. Sara Scott, senior Vice President of production, and Lexi Barta, director of development will oversee the production for the film at Universal. With the original Hanson and Amandla, this film is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
In the meantime you can read the book version right here
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