Nik Dodani and Colton Ryan in Dear Evan Hansen Film

Nik Dodani & Colton Ryan Join the Cast of Upcoming Dear Evan Hansen Film

Today, it has been revealed that Nik Dodani and Colton Ryan will join the cast of the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen film adaptation with music and lyrics by Academy Award-winning Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, according to Deadline.

Dodani will play Jared, who is Evan Hansen’s funny and sarcastic friend. Ryan will play Connor Murphy, a troubled high school senior who, like Evan Hansen, is a social outcast.

Steven Levenson, who wrote the book for the stage musical, also wrote the script for this upcoming film adaptation. Stephen Chbosky, most well known for directing and writing The Perks of Being a Wallflower as well as writing the screenplay for Rent and Beauty and the Beast, is slated to direct. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for their Universal-based Marc Platt Productions.

Dodani is most known for his role as Zahid in Atypical. More recently, he has been in Netflix’s Trinkets as well as popular CBS sitcom Murphy Brown.

Ryan most recently appeared in Broadway’s Girl From the North Country, in the role of Gene Laine. He originally made his Broadway debut as the understudy for the title role in Dear Evan Hansen. He has also recently appeared in the Apple+ TV show, Little Voice.

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