Amy Adams has signed on to play Cynthia Murphy in Universal’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.
The Oscar-nominated actress joins the previously announced cast of Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever and Amandla Stenberg. The story follows Hansen, a high schooler with social anxiety, who unintentionally gets caught up in a lie after the family of a classmate who committed suicide mistakes one of Hansen’s letters for their son’s suicide note. Adams will play Cynthia Murphy, the mother to the classmate that commits suicide.
Steven Levenson wrote the book for the stage musical as well as the script wrote the script, and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the music and penned the original lyrics for the musical and film. Stephen Chbosky is set to direct, with Marc Platt and Adam Siegel as producers for their Universal-based Marc Platt Productions.