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The highly anticipated film adaptation of 'Dear Evan Hansen' is finally coming soon. Could the plot of the movie change?

‘Dear Evan Hansen’: Could the plot of this musical change in the movie?

The highly anticipated film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen is finally coming soon, and the world premiere date has just been confirmed. Sources state that the Toronto International Film Festival will be showcasing the movie this September, and folks are excited as ever to see if the upcoming movie will make it to awards season. How much will the plot of Dear Evan Hansen change though? Let’s look at all we know so far here. 


A September release date

If you were a huge fan of the plot of Dear Evan Hansen and have seen the award-winning musical before, then we’re sure you’re as excited as ever to see how the upcoming movie adaptation will play out. The big-screen adaptation will get a virtual world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2021 opening night, and you also will have the chance to stream the film too no matter where you are in the world!

Yes, this sounds way too good to be true, but we promise you we’re not playing around. Fans from all around the world will be able to stream the movie premiere of Dear Evan Hansen thanks to the ongoing Oscar-positioning cinema event. The actual in-person screening itself however will actually take place on Thursday, September 9th at Roy Thomson Hall, with more screenings set to follow afterwards. 

Additional screenings of Dear Evan Hansen will be available at the film festival in the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place. The digital screening of the highly anticipated movie will be taking place thanks to the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox web platform. Whether you’re there in person or online, we’re sure you’re going to have a great experience. 

All about the movie

As for the actual theatrical release of the film, you can expect to find Dear Evan Hansen available to view in theaters on September 24th, 2021 to see yourself how much the plot differs from the original musical, because of course, we’re sure they’ll be changing a few things up. Following up the award-winning original Broadway show and cast may be a very tough act to follow, but we’re sure the movie will be a great time regardless. 

For those of you who haven’t yet seen the musical though, the plot of Dear Evan Hansen is based on a young high school boy who has to deal with his social anxiety after another teen at his school commits suicide. The movie adaptation stars Ben Platt as Evan Hansen, who has been playing the role in the musical itself from 2015 to 2017, and even earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his impressive performance. 


Actress Kaitlyn Dever will be playing Zoe, Evan Hansen’s crush and the sister of the teen who committed suicide, and the two begin to form a close bond through the loss. Other important roles in the film go to equally big names such as Amandla Stenberg, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and more. Author and director Stephen Chbosky known best for his work on The Perks of Being a Wallflower is also directing this movie. 

TIFF’s Cameron Bailey said: “There was no question that Dear Evan Hansen was the ideal film to launch the Festival this year. This film is ultimately about healing, forgiveness, and reaffirms how connected and essential we all are to one another. We couldn’t think of a more important idea to celebrate this year as we come together once again to share the power and joy of cinema in theaters together”.

The film festival’s co-head Joana Vicente also shared that Dear Evan Hansen will be a movie that “connects to our shared humanity and that reminds us how deeply we need one another”. We can’t wait to watch the film for ourselves this coming September, and we bet it’s going to be everything we had ever hoped for. 

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