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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.