Amandla Stenberg has joined Universal Pictures’ feature adaptation of Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.
The Hate U Give star will play Alana, a high school senior whose cheery facade and social-media savvy mask a deeper loneliness and isolation, and whose response to the death of a classmate ignites a movement.
The role has been reconceived and expanded for the film, with Stenberg singing a new original song composed for the film. She is writing the song in collaboration with Pasek and Paul.
Wonder director Stephen Chbosky will helm from a script by Steven Levenson, who wrote the book for the stage musical.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing the film adaptation through Marc Platt Productions, while Pasek, Levenson and Paul will executive produce.
Stenberg, represented by UTA and Del Shaw, was last seen in Netflix’s musical drama series The Eddy.