Monday, January 29, 2018

Tom Hanks to Play Mr. Rogers in Biopic

TriStar Pictures has landed worldwide distribution rights to the Mr. Rogers biopic "You Are My Friend," with Tom Hanks attached to play the iconic TV personality. "Diary of a Teenage Girl" director Marielle Heller is helming the pic from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. "I'm thrilled to be making 'You Are My Friend,'" Heller said. "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."

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The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.

"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. 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," said Hannah Minghella, president of TriStar Pictures.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-29 03:50 PM

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#2 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-29 06:13 PM

The greatest.

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#3 | Posted by hamburglar at 2018-01-29 11:29 PM

No one can fill Mr. Rogers shoes.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-29 11:37 PM

Kindness. Yes, I do believe we could use some of that these days.

#5 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-30 07:58 AM

Who is going to be cast to play Mr. Robinson?

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-30 10:53 AM

I can't think of a better choice than Tom Hanks, to play Mr Rogers.

#7 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-30 12:00 PM

Gee. I thought they were gonna go with Kevin (Will you be my friend?) Spacey.

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-30 01:14 PM

"The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed."

Maybe Spacey will play Junod.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-30 01:18 PM

Congrats, Rogers. I'm surprised Tom Hanks took the role.

He doesn't look like you though.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-01-30 05:18 PM

Spacey will play the mailman, Mr. McFeely! He's perfect
For the part.

#11 | Posted by zelkova at 2018-01-30 10:37 PM

#11 I laughed til I cried and I may have a hernia. That was funny.

#12 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-01-30 11:07 PM

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