Tom Hanks Will Play Mr. Rogers In ‘You Are My Friend’
Tom Hanks will play the role of the American educator and television personality Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003) of the television series ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ circa 1980s – Photo: Hulton Archive/Gettyimages.
TriStar Pictures has landed worldwide distribution rights to the Mr. Rogers biopic You Are My Friend, with Tom Hanks attached to play the iconic TV personality, according to Justin Kroll from Variety. For over 30 years Mr. Rogers brought a message of love and kindness to children across the country on his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Diary of a Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller is helming the pic from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
“I’m thrilled to be making You Are My Friend,” Heller said. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”
The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.
“This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transforming power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite. We are proud to partner with Marielle Heller, Tom Hanks and everyone at Big Beach to bring this inspirational true story to audiences all over the world,” said Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures.