Here's Your First Look At Tom Hanks As Mr. Rogers

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Here's Your First Look At Tom Hanks As Mr. Rogers

On Thursday, Sony Pictures released the first photo of Tom Hanks in the movie working under the title "You Are My Friend", which tells the story of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood".

Filming for the project kicked off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in mid-September.

"You Are My Friend", which Heller has insisted is "not a biopic", takes inspiration from a 1998 Esquire profile of Rogers titled "Can You Say ..."

If you've seen 2018's likely victor for Best Documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor, you'll have spotted Junod in that movie talking about Rogers. Chris Cooper (Live by Night) and This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson also appear in the much-anticipated film.

In the same interview with Entertainment Weekly, Heller said that the movie's "a story for our times, a story about kindness and family connection and trying to tap into our better self".

It's a lovely day in the neighborhood for Tom Hanks. "God knows we need that right now". They remained close until Rogers died of cancer in 2003.

His life and legacy received renewed attention this year thanks to the critically-hailed documentary film by Morgan Neville, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?". Won't You Be My Neighbor? had its first trailer released on what would have been Rogers' 90th birthday, and the movie went on to be a huge success at the Sundance Film Festival before its wide release.

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