First Photo of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in YOU ARE MY FRIEND

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is taking on the role of Mr. Rogers in the upcoming film called You Are My Friend. Today we have our first look at the actor in the role of Fred Rogers and he’s wearing the classic red cardigan sweater and sneakers. He looks great in the role.

The film is inspired by the 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.” You can read that piece that he wrote here.

The movie is also being directed by Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) from a script written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The director had this to say about the film in an interview with EW:

“It’s a story for our times, a story about kindness and family connection and trying to tap into our better self. God knows we need that right now! In the research for the movie, the writers found that more people than they could possibly count credited Mr. Rogers with changing their lives…. [It’s about] one man who’s in a critical point in his life — becoming a new father, having issues with his own father — and meeting Mr. Rogers to write a piece about him, thinking it’s going to be a bit of a puff piece, but it ends up changing his entire life.”

I’m looking forward to this movie and I’m curious to see how Hanks ends up playing the character, especially how he captures the soft-spoken voice of Mr. Rogers. What do you think of Hank’s look in the film?

You Are My Friend is set to hit theaters on October 19, 2018.