Tom Hanks Is Officially Playing Mister Rogers In An Upcoming Film
There is a certain cohort of now-adult children who will crack a smile when they hear the familiar twinkle that accompanies the opening credits of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
Well, a big surprise waits for them next year, as the iconic children's show is going to be thrust into the spotlight yet again, this time with the lovable Tom Hanks playing the show's equally charming creator and host, Fred Rogers.
The news was made official when Sony Pictures released a first-look photo of the 62-year-old sporting his character's all-too-familiar red cardigan, relaxed khakis, and era-appropriate sneakers, complete with a book in hand and a friendly smile on.
Anyone who spent their weekday mornings as a pre-schooler totally transfixed to the TV screen as the real-life Mr. Rogers taught kids all over the world wonderful life lesons will agree that the resemblance is rather uncanny—which makes the film all the more exciting.
Not to be misconstrued as a biopic, the based-on-true events film will focus on the more unknown aspects of the multi-talented Fred Rogers, in particular, his relationship with magazine writer Tom Junod who was tasked to craft an article about him in a 1998 issue of Esquire.
Initially burdened by the assignment, Tom took on the task with a heavy heart and closed mind. He then began the process of getting to know his subject and delving deep into his mind and experiences, but rather than have his opinions about the well-mannered man be proven right, Tom found himself to be completely transformed and touched by Mr. Rogers' kindness and empathy.
Fred Rogers died in 2003 at the ripe age of 73 after succumbing to a battle with stomach cancer. His show had a grand total of 895 episodes and ran from 1968 to 2001.
The film, which remains untitled, is expected to hit theaters on October 18, 2019.
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