Amy Adams Joins “Dear Evan Hansen” Movie

Amy Adams at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2018. Photo by Owen Kolasinski/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9448708fp)

Amy Adams is the latest actress to join the cast of Universal Pictures’ Dear Evan Hansen.

The Oscar-nominated actress joins previously announced cast members Kaitlyn Dever and Amandla Stenberg.

The Tony-winning musical opened in 2016 and it follows Hansen, a high schooler with social anxiety who gets mixed 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 of the classmate that commits suicide.

It was previously announced that Kaityln Dever will play Zoe Murphy, Adams’ daughter, and that Amandla Stenberg will appear as high school senior Alana, in a role that’s been expanded from the stage production and that she’ll be performing a song in the film. Ben Platt played Evan Hansen on Broadway and he’s expected to reprise his role.

Universal acquired the rights to the film in late 2018 and Stephen Chbosky will direct from a script by Steven Levenson, who wrote the book for the musical. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce.

Adams’ next roles are in Hillbilly Elegy and The Woman in the Window, which are expected to be released this year. She’s been nominated for Oscars for Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle, and Vice.