Tom Hanks Expected to Star as Mr. Rogers in New Movie

January 29, 2018Jan 29, 2018

Reports are coming in that Tom Hanks will be starring as Mr. Rogers in the upcoming movie, "You Are My Friend," which will be about the children's television pioneer. 

In particular, according to Entertainment Weekly, the movie will cover the relationship between Fred Roger and journalist Tom Junod, who was able to get to know the star while writing a profile of him for Esquire magazine in the 1990s.

The movie was announced by TriStar Pictures on Monday. It is expected to be a heart-warming story in which a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on a beloved icon. After writing the piece, he finds his perspective on life completely transformed. 

USA Today writes that Marielle Heller will direct from a screenplay by Micah Fitzman-Blue and Noah Harpster. 

“The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit," said Heller. "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."

So far, the production of the film is set for the fall, but there is no date available for when it'll hit screens. 

Rogers, who charmed viewers after slipping into his trademark cardigan and sneakers to host and produce his show from 1968 to 2000, died in 2003. 

Recently Hanks played Ben Bradlee, the former managing editor of the Washington Post, who encouraged the paper to publish the Pentagon Papers in Steven Spielberg's latest movie, "The Post." The award-winning actor's role in this movie not only placed him in awards-season conversation but also placed him into the thick of today's political conversations. 

Last month, Tom Hanks, who plays the famed newspaper editor Ben Bradlee in an upcoming movie "The Post," claimed that he wouldn't want to screen his new movie at the White House. In fact, the Hollywood Reporter claims that the two-time Oscar winner would refuse to go to the White House for the screening of his own movie. 

When asked whether he would want this movie to be screened at the White House, Hanks remarked that such a question is an "interesting" one. 

"That's an interesting question," he remarked. "I don't think I would."

Similarly, when asked if he would go to the movie should it be screened at the White House, Hanks said no. His reason for not wanting the movie to be screened at the White House is also interesting. He claims that he "[d]idn't think things were going to be this way last November." 

"I would not have been able to imagine that we should be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of Navajo code talkers."

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