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Tom Hanks to play Mr. Rogers in biopic 'You Are My Friend'

The unlikely story of an icon and a journalist.
Posted: 1:59 PM, Jan 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-29 15:00:07-05
Tom Hanks to play Mr. Rogers in biopic 'You Are My Friend'

Tom Hanks will play the TV personality Fred Rogers in biopic You Are My Friend for Sony's TriStar Pictures.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the story is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers, more commonly known as just Mr. Rogers, and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. Mr. Rogers gets his fame from starring in the children's TV series Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

In the screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, the pessimistic journalist is assigned to write about the beloved icon. He experiences a transcending change of heart along the way.

Marielle Heller, who directed Diary of a Teenage Girl, will direct the biopic.