This year marks the 50 year anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The beloved educational series created and hosted by the late Fred Rogers ran from the late ’60s until 2001. It’s known for being warm, friendly, and uplifting. When you have a host regularly reminding you that you can make each day a special day just by being yourself (something both kids and adults need to hear and take to heart), you make it a point to tune in. And via Deadline, an upcoming biopic about Rogers, You Are My Friend, is in the works with Tom Hanks set for the starring role.
Tom Hanks, a.k.a. America’s dad, as Mister Rogers. I can’t think of a better casting decision.You Are My Friend was developed by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue. The story is inspired by what happened when journalist Tom Junod was assigned an article by Esquire to write about Rogers; a friendship formed between the two and the cynical Junod’s perspective of the world was changed. Junod wrote his piece about Rogers 20 years ago, but Esquire recently republished it online.
It is finally happening, and in the best of ways: a movie, very loosely based on the article I wrote for @Esquire 20 years ago, with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, two innovative screenwriters from "Transparency" scripting, and Marielle Heller directing. Well-timed, for this moment. https://t.co/JWsOCmL6XB
— Tom Junod (@TomJunod) January 29, 2018
The film will be directed by Marille Heller and is scheduled to kick off production in fall 2018.
Can you think of anyone more suited to play Fred Rogers than Tom Hanks? Go to the comments and share your thoughts about this casting.
Images: Disney, PBS
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