The much hyped Dear Evan Hansen trailer has finally dropped, and it looks AMAZING. But despite this being one of the most anticipated musical adaptations since Hamilton, all I can think about is why Ben Platt is out here looking like Will Ferrell in Step Brothers.
Now I know that’s harsh because this is a man reprising his absolutely ICONIC, Tony-winning role as the lead from the Broadway hit musical, but come on – are you telling me the curls were necessary?
Look, at least James Corden isn’t playing Evan Hansen – so maybe some things ARE sacred. You can catch the Dear Evan Hansen trailer below.
For those of you who haven’t really heard of Dear Evan Hansen before, it’s a Broadway musical as well as a book about an anxious teenage boy who lies about knowing a classmate who dies. The lie ends up evolving and growing out of his control, and it forces him to reckon with who he really is.
It’s got a HUGE following, has won multiple Tony Awards and is super popular amongst the LGBTQI+ community given it’s themes of grieving, having to accept who you are, and struggling with your identity. Like, it got a shout out on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The film version of Dear Evan Hansen is going to be a musical just like its Broadway counterpart, though it looks a lot darker since we can’t see much of the show’s much beloved humour in the trailer. Unless you count Ben Platt’s hair, which is defo a joke.
Twitter isn’t having a bar of it either, with everyone wondering why the Dear Evan Hansen star had to reprise his role with such a ~mature~ look.
the dear evan hansen production team really looked at ben platt’s hair from pitch perfect & said “yes, that again, but worse”
— Dr. Dillamond (@DrDillamond) May 18, 2021
the DEAR EVAN HANSEN trailer is really giving GREASE energy pic.twitter.com/HwubOgtosw
— madeline ducharme🚲 (@MaddyDucharme) May 18, 2021
ben platt filming school scenes for dear evan hansen pic.twitter.com/W5SEVQsnH8
— sophie (@poppinapathetic) May 18, 2021
ben playing evan hansen in the movie is going to make me less forgiving of evan’s actions. instead of seeing a seventeen year old making mistakes i’m seeing a grown ass man lying
— chloe ✨✡︎ (@chloekoslowski) May 18, 2021
ben platt during his first day of shooting dear evan hansen (2021) pic.twitter.com/MBaVoM3mha
— giada xcx (@ayellowlamp) May 18, 2021
Probably the funniest thing about the new trailer drop is how many people are confused that it is in fact, not the quirky coming of age story of a gay teenager, but actually a narrative about a kid who just constantly fucking lies. Oops.
I am cracking the fuck up seeing so many people learn that Dear Evan Hansen isn’t a gay coming-of-age story and is just about a mediocre teenage liar
— uncle ewan’s tartan sportscoat (@whyangelinawhy) May 18, 2021
But mostly all I can think about is this tweet reminding the world that RuPaul thought Evan Hansen’s name was Dear.
remember when RuPaul said he saw Dear Evan Hansen and thought that Ben Platt’s character’s name was Dear pic.twitter.com/Qw2EIPqtkh
— christian lewis (they/them/theirs) (@clewisreviews) May 18, 2021
Dear Evan Hansen is set to hit in the cinemas in September 24 this year – but in the meantime, you can binge the playlist online.