It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood for Tom Hanks and Mr. Rogers fans, as the actor will play the icon https://t.co/MXQMI535f3— TIME (@TIME) January 29, 2018
Tom Hanks has been tapped to play Mr. Rogers in a biopic called “You Are My Friend”, which is inspired by TV icon Fred Rogers.
The Washington Post said, "one of the country’s most likable actors ... will portray one of the country’s most likable entertainers ever." USA Today said: ”it was meant to be.”
Production on “You Are My Friend” starts later this year, with Marielle Heller directing.
It's based on the account of journalist Tom Junod, who begrudgingly set out to write a profile of Fred Rogers for Esquire in 1998 "and finds his perspective on life transformed.”
Tom Hanks is playing Mr. Rogers?! pic.twitter.com/okikT0ABbV— RiotGrl✨ (@ErinLea7) January 29, 2018
TOM HANKS IS GOING TO PLAY MR. ROGERS pic.twitter.com/FDXn5mjtpB— wakeen fenix (@Coolguyreiner) January 29, 2018
Every once in a while, the Universe is in PERFECT alignment to briefly brush away some of the nasty sludge of reality.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 29, 2018
Tom Hanks playing Mr. Rogers is one of those moments.
THANK YOU, Universe!
*wipes away tears of gratitude* pic.twitter.com/d4QGTsenbT
Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers is like my childhood coming back to sprinkle fairy dust on all my open, bleeding adult wounds. 😭 pic.twitter.com/xmjUwr2T3i— shannon (@attilathehoneyb) January 29, 2018
YES Tom Hanks I will be your neighbor pic.twitter.com/KdeTcnGEMk— Taylor Shortall (@taylor_shortall) January 29, 2018