Category Archives: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks had interest in Stormtrooper role for ‘Solo’ film

Actor Tom Hanks nearly showed up in a Stormtrooper outfit for the latest “Star Wars” movie. The former Oscar winner had apparently shown interest in appearing in a cameo for the newest film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Hanks was unable to join James Bond star Daniel Craig as the latest actor to make a hidden appearance.


Screenrant delivered news via where “Solo” director Ron Howard spoke about the matter. He and Hanks have worked together for a number of films including “Splash” and “Apollo 13.” Howard said Hanks had talked to him about being in the new “Solo” movie as a Stormtrooper. However, he said Hanks was “shooting and he just couldn’t get there.” The good news is that Howard says based on Hanks’ interest, Lucasfilm now knows who to call for a future cameo role in their upcoming “Star Wars” films.


Appearing in a “Star Wars” movie seems to have become part of several actors’ bucket lists now. Actor Daniel Craig showed up in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” several years ago in the type of role that Hanks was interested in. Craig appeared in a scene involving one of the movie’s main protagonists, Rey, after she had been captured and was being interrogated. It was a brief scene, and at the time, only insiders were aware of the surprise cameo.


Hanks seems like he could have opportunities for that future role. “Star Wars 9” is still on the way for 2019, with the title and plot synopsis yet to be revealed. There are also Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett movies in the works. One has to think these projects will have at least a few Stormtroopers involved, based on all of the other films in the franchise.

Tom Hanks Cast As Beloved Mr. Rogers in ‘You Are My Friend’ Film

Tom Hanks is going to be playing America’s favorite neighbor-Mr. Rogers. The film, You Are My Friend is slated to be a Biopic and is directed by Marielle Heller. Heller known for her work in Diary of a Teenage Girl noted that this the Biopic has been underway since 2013 but was recently picked up for production. It was noted at the time as one of the “most liked” screenplays not yet produced. The screenplay was written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

The film will follow the friendship of Fred Rogers and the somewhat cynical journalist Tom Junod. Over time, Junod’s perspective of life and of Fred Rogers changes significantly as he gets to know him better. Junod later refers to Fred Rogers as a hero to society and the world.

Heller was noted in a Variety Magazine interview that she was thrilled to be bringing the life and times of Fred Rogers and this special friendship to life. She noted how uplifting this message of kindness was as it explores the gifts of the human spirit. On a personal note she said that as a mother she has always felt inspired by the daily messages of the Mr. Roger’s Show.

There is no official word on when Hanks will start filming the project. The film will focus on the life and impact of Fred Rogers who was beloved by millions and known around the world for his show Mister Rogers Neighborhood which was a mainstay on PBS for 33 years.

Tom Hanks Lends His Name To A Movie About Mr.Rogers

I think most everyone grew up with watching at least one episode of “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”. In the neighborhood, Mr. Rogers talked about such good values as kindness, courtesy, manners, and consideration of others while interacting with real persons and puppet characters. Now everyone can relive part of their childhood as Tom Hanks will be stepping into the life of Mr. Rogers in the movie “Are You My Friend?”

In the storyline, Mr. Rogers (played by Hanks) is granting an interview to journalist, Tom Junod (actor TBA). At first Mr. Junod is very cynical about writing anything having to do with Mr. Rogers, but Mr. Junod realizes the power of a transformative life after spending time with Mr. Rogers. This initial meeting leads to a lasting friendship. The story will be directed by Marielle Heller, who directed “Diary Of A Teenage Girl”.

This story will begin principle shooting in September and I ,for one, can not wait. This movie sounds like a story that needs to be watched. The world has gotten more stressful for everyone, and I for one, look for inspiration everyday to combat all the negative that is banded about. We need a inspirational story, sometimes, to remind us that relationships are the things that should take priority. Plus there is Tom Hanks, an all around decent guy, whom I love to watch on the big screen. I think that Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers is a perfect fit.