Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers

Tom Hanks Slated to Play Mr. Rogers in Upcoming Biopic

As if I couldn’t love Tom Hanks any more than I already do, they went and announced this today…

Hot news coming in USA Today as the late, great national treasure we know as Fred Rogers is getting a biopic from Sony-TriStar Pictures with a slated production for Fall of 2018. Even better news, Tom Hanks will tackle the role of the children’s television pioneer and sweet sweater trendsetter legend himself.

I’m so happy right now.

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Originally originated all the way back in 1963, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood ran at it’s long-standing home at PBS from 1971 all the way up until 2001 and focused on the importance of make-believe, self-confidence, and basically how to live life as a decent human being. The upcoming biopic called You Are My Friend will be helmed by director Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) will direct a screenplay written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (Transparent, Beautiful Ruins). The title itself is taken from one of Rogers’ infamous songs on the program and reports to be focused on the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod- a cynical journalist given the task to write a profile piece for Rogers, and in the process, garners a more positive outlook on life in general.

Sounds about right. Also, if anyone can get that sneaker slip on intro down to a science, Forrest Gump‘s Tom Hanks is the right man for the job.

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