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First look at Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in Sony's 'You Are My Friend'

GregHarmon GregHarmon Managing Editor Here’s your first look at Tom Hanks portraying televisions beloved darling, Fred Rogers.

Sony released the official set photo of Hanks sporting “Mister Rogers” signature sweater and tie for the upcoming bio-drama ‘You Are My Friend.’

Courtesy of Sony
Courtesy of Sony

Diary of a Teenage Girl's Marielle Heller will direct based on a screenplay written by Emmy-nominated producers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The film is inspired by the true life story of award-winning journalist Tom Junod (The American's Matthew Rhys), whose life outlook is transformed after writing a piece titled “Can You Say…Hero?” profiling the ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ star back in 1998.

Sony's bio-drama comes on the heels of Morgan Neville’s emotionally potent documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor (reviewed here), which also examines the life and career of the star of TV's beloved children's series Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Perhaps the perfect primer before You Are My Friend's release set for October 2019.

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