Sony Pictures has released the first photo of Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in the upcoming film, You Are My Friend, opening in theaters on October 18, 2019. Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) is directing from a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent, Beautiful Ruins).
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in You Are My Friend, 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.
The cast also includes Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper.
Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach will produce alongside Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Woman). Leah Holzer of Big Beach will executive produce, along with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster. The project originated from a true story developed by Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster, first appearing on the Black List in 2013.
Hannah Minghella and Shary Shirazi will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.