Tom Hanks has been tapped to play Mr. Rogers in upcoming biopic, You Are My Friend, reports Variety. Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) is set to direct the picture, while Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are in charge of the script.
“I’m thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,'” Heller disclosed. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”
The movie will delve into the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod, as Junod was once tasked to profile Rogers, ultimately finding his cynical perception of the TV personality changed for the better.
“This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite," said Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures. "We are proud to partner with Marielle, Tom and everyone at Big Beach to bring this inspirational true story to audiences all over the world."
For now, it remains to be seen when You Are My Friend will go into production and who will appear in the film alongside Hanks.
Head to Variety for more on the story.
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