First look at Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in upcoming biopic

Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers

Tom Hanks will be playing Mister Rogers in an upcoming untitled biopic, and seeing him in that iconic red cardigan and blue sneakers is heartwarming.

"You Are My Friend", with its title taken from one of Rogers' signature songs, is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Variety first reported in January that Hanks would play Rogers in TriStar Pictures' biographical drama, with production starting in September. "It's really not. It's a movie that's largely focused on a reporter and (Mr. Rogers') relationship to his life, and how (the reporter's) whole world changes when coming in contact with Fred Rogers".

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It seems that 2018 has been a renaissance year for the beloved Mister Rogers, and a new photo posted on Twitter indicates Tom Hanks is adding his own project to the mix. You can now catch it on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD, but soon enough Mr. Rogers will return to the big screen in a different way. Chris Cooper (Live by Night) and This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson also appear in the much-anticipated film.

Some roles were just built for Tom Hanks.

The film, based on a screenplay written by Emmy-nominated Transparent producers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, opens in theaters nationwide on October 18, 2019. In the meantime, I can not recommend Morgan Neville's documentary Won't You Be My Neighbour enough.

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