DeMarius Copes has joined the cast of the Universal Pictures movie adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen.
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Copes will be making his feature debut as Oliver, one of Zoe Murphy’s friends, in the movie adaptation of the six Tony Award-winning musical. Copes joins the already growing cast which includes Kaitlyn Dever as Zoe, Ben Platt returning to play the title role as Evan Hansen, Julianne Moore as Evan’s mom Heidi, Amy Adams as Cynthia Murphy, Danny Pino as Larry Murphy, Amandla Stenberg as Alana Beck, Colton Ryan as Connor Murphy, and Nik Dodani as Jared Kleinman.
Spending the last two years on Broadway, Copes has been a member of both Mean Girls and The Prom’s original cast. Before his Broadway journey, he toured with the First National Tour of Disney’s Newsies. He is also currently a member of the Philip Company tour production of Hamilton.
Dear Evan Hansen follows the story of a high schooler, Evan Hansen, who deals with social anxiety. He unintentionally gets caught up in a lie after the family of a classmate who died by suicide mistakes one of Hansen’s letters for their son’s suicide note. The original stage musical is from Oscar-winning La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also won a Tony for Best Original Score.
Stephen Chbosky (Wonder) is set to direct the movie with Steven Levenson writing the screenplay. No further information about the film has been released about when it will begin production as of yet. Stay tuned for details as it becomes available.