Of course, the reality of flat aging was not lost for either the actor or those who made the highly anticipated project. “I think everyone obviously had in mind that I wasn’t going to stay around teenagers forever,” he told Vanity Fair. “The need to get it done was a little urgent. Then of course the pandemic happened, and I assumed this was that – it was going to be a no-go, and by the time the pandemic was over I would have outgrown it.”

As fans now know, this was not the case. He started filming in September 2020. The film marks one of Universal Pictures’ first new projects amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Much to my pleasant surprise, Universal seemed really out to make it,” he told Vanity Fair, “and to make it with me in particular.”

After all, Platt was celebrated night after night for his emotional performance until he finally bowed as Hansen in November 2017. That year he took home the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, one of six for the show.