Yes, we'll be your neighbor! Tom Hanks has been cast to star as Mister Rogers in a new biopic. USA TODAY
Tom Hanks is officially wearing Mister Rogers' classic red cardigan.
The film is "not a biopic,” director Marielle Heller told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. “It’s really not. It’s a movie that’s largely focused on a reporter and (Mr. Rogers’) relationship to his life, and how (the reporter’s) whole world changes when coming in contact with Fred Rogers.”
The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Junod is depicted as a cynical scribe who begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile on the iconic Mr. Rogers. He finds his life-perspective transformed in the process.
"(It’s about) one man who’s in a critical point in his life – becoming a new father, having issues with his own father – and meeting Mr. Rogers to write a piece about him, thinking it’s going to be a bit of a puff piece, but it ends up changing his entire life,” Heller told EW.
Hanks last appeared as legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in Steven Spielberg's "The Post."