....they wanted to diversify the cast? Not sure why they didn't go whole hog and make the entire family Black or Latinx, though.
I find it hard to know whether or not I think Ben Platt looks too old in 2021 to be playing a 17-year old? If I didn't know who he was or hadn't seen him onstage would I be so conscious of it? Having seen a genuine teenager play the role, I kinda want it to be played by real kids all the time.