Behold the first look at Tom Hanks as American television legend, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers to his millions of fans. Hanks is taking on the title role in TriStar Pictures’ Untitled Mr. Rogers Project, due out in theaters a year from now, October 2019.
The film is based on “Can You Say…Hero?” by LIFE and Esquire writer Tom Junod. Here’s the official movie description via TriStar:
Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in ‘Untitled Mr. Rogers/ Tom Hanks Project,’ a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
Some roles were just built for Tom Hanks. Can you imagine a more perfect casting decision? They’ve even got him reading a book. Too bad we can’t hear him. Next October!
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