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”.