Tom Hanks Cast as Mr. Rogers in Biopic, 'You Are My Friend'

It truly is a wonderful day in the neighborhood as Tom Hanks has been cast as Mr. Rogers in the upcoming biopic, You Are My Friend. Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) is set to direct from a script penned by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The film is said to be about the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

“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.”

Mr. Rogers is another real-life person in a long list of names that Hanks has portrayed in film including Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in The Post, pilot Chesley Sullenberger in Sully, and Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks

“This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite. We are proud to partner with Marielle, Tom and everyone at Big Beach to bring this inspirational true story to audiences all over the world,” said Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures.

No word on when You Are My Friend will begin production. Hanks is currently to roles in Aaron Schneider's WWII drama Greyhound​, the post-apocalyptic BIOS, and the American remake of A Man Called Ove​. 

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