Escape the cardigans: Tom Hanks is enjoying Mr. Rogers.
The Oscar-winning actor is about to play Fred Rogers, the famed host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” in a brand new biopic for TriStar, the studio introduced Monday.
“You Are My Buddy” is predicated on a real-life friendship between Rogers and Tom Junod, a journalist who befriends Rogers whereas profiling him for an task.
Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Lady”) will helm the movie from a script written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
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“I am thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Buddy,'” Heller stated in a press release. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit.”
Rogers died in 2003, abandoning an iconic legacy within the type of his well-liked kids’s tv present “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which ran for greater than 30 seasons.
A documentary on the sequence, “Will not You Be My Neighbor?” premiered at Sundance this yr.
Hanks, in the meantime, is recent off a Golden Globes-nominated flip in “The Publish.”