Back in January, it was announced that Sony Pictures is in works to make biographical drama on the life of beloved children’s television show host Fred Rogers. It was also reported that studios have roped in Academy Award winner Tom Hanks to play the role of Rogers in the film. The film is titled YOU ARE MY FRIEND and is based on the true story of friendship between the Rogers and journalist Tom Junod which will be played by Matthew Rhys.
The fans are still in nostalgia watching WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOUR, a recent documentary released in June, capturing the life of Fred Rogers' success in children's television programming. The documentary was critically acclaimed and fans are hoping it may get an Oscar or at least a nomination.
As Sony Pictures has started production on the biopic. On Thursday night the studios shared the first look of Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers and it's unbelievable to see Tom looking exactly like Rogers. The photo was released by Sony Pictures in which we can see Hanks sitting outside a trailer, wearing the signature red sweater and to complete the Freds look, Hanks is also wearing tan trouser, white shirt with dark blue tie and sharp blue sneakers. It is one of the best castings in a Hollywood film as he looks similar to Fred.
Mister Rogers Neighboorhood aired between 1968 to 2001. The show was geared towards toddlers and preschool kids. It taught them about self-esteem, responsibility, tolerance, and feelings. Rogers used a trolley to travel to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where he met up with puppet friends.
Rogers legacy was celebrated recently, including in last week's Google Doodle which recognized the beginning of production on the very first episode of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Google created a stop-motion video honoring the show. Rogers died at age 74 in 2003 after battling stomach cancer.
YOU ARE MY FRIEND directed by Marielle Heller is scheduled to release on October, 2019.