You know Hollywood is a tough town when its hardest working actor – and perhaps its nicest guy – can’t score a cameo role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo director Ron Howard recently revealed that Tom Hanks asked to cameo as a Stormtrooper in the latest Star Wars incarnation. Given what an ace-in- the-hole the Star Wars dynasty is, it’s not surprising that major stars are working angles to land roles in Disney and Lucasfilms productions. Screenrant notes the Star Wars celebrity cameo trend started with Daniel “James Bond” Craig’s cameo turn as a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. Princes William and Harry have even jumped on the bandwagon with their cleverly disguised Stormtrooper turns in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, their scene was cut when it was discovered that William and Harry, 6’1” and 6’2” respectively, are too tall and towered over the heads of their counterparts. Industry insiders say Stormtroopers have to be exactly 5’11”.
Hanks and Howard are old friends who have collaborated on many films together: Splash, Apollo 13 and the Da Vinci Code series. Hanks even hilariously impersonates his friend in an “America’s Funniest Pets” sketch on Saturday Night Live. Perhaps Howard can put in a good word for Hanks with J.J. Abrams, set to write and direct the next major trilogy film, Star Wars 9. Although it might not do Hanks much good to clear his schedule before filming starts on the next Star Wars movie. His official biography lists him at 6-feet-tall.
One of the most likeable actors in Hollywood today has signed on to portray one of the most beloved television stars of the past fifty years.
Tom Hanks will portray Mr. Rogers, the longtime host of the children’s television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”, in a movie entitled “You Are My Friend”.
The movie takes its inspiration from the real-life friendship between Mr. Rogers and a journalist named Tom Junod. In the film, a world-weary and cynical journalist is assigned to write a profile on Rogers, and in the process of working on the feature finds a new perspective on life through his interactions with his subject.
The script for “You Are My Friend” has been in the works since 2013, and has annually made the list of most outstanding scripts not yet made into a movie. As a result, there’s great anticipation for the film now that the movie has finally received the green light.
Marielle Heller, best known for directing the movie “Diary of a Teenage Girl”, will be directing “You Are my Friend”, using the script written by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue.
For Hanks, this will mark yet another direction in his already long and storied career, one that will see him assume the role of a man known to multiple generations of children as the quintessential kindly neighbor. With Hanks’ charisma and stately charm, it’s no wonder that he was the first choice to assume the role.
Hanks has more than a little experience playing a real-life role. In fact, he recently played a real-life editor-in-chief in award-nominated film “The Post”.
It’s not known when “You Are my Friend” will begin shooting. Hanks has a number of upcoming projects in the near future which might provide issues when it comes to scheduling, including “Toy Story 4”.
In a casting choice that would make the Marvel movies envious, Hollywood’s most beloved star, Tom Hanks, will soon be playing the role of TV’s most beloved personalities, Fred Rogers.
GeekFeed reports on the news regarding the new biopic You Are My Friend, detailing the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. The events of the film will follow Junod’s assignment to write a piece on Mr. Rogers, which was published in the 1998 issue of Esquire magazine and can still be read on the publication’s website to this day.
In the article (which the movie will seemingly follow), Junod describes his reluctance on taking the assignment regarding Rogers, but soon goes on to forge a friendship with the television host that changed his outlook on life. He describes Mr. Rogers’ impact on his audience of children and the influence he had on American culture over his more than three decades on air, as well as giving insight into who he was as a person outside of his show.
The film’s director, Marielle Heller, claimed that the script “knocked [her] out” upon first reading it, saying how she can’t wait to bring the story to life with the cast and crew.
While Mr. Rogers himself may have passed away in 2003, Tom Junod is still alive and well. It’s more than likely he’ll have something to say about the way he and his friend are portrayed upon the film’s release date, which has yet to be announced by the studio.