First look at Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in upcoming biopic

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Thus, there should be a considerable interest for the upcoming Hollywood biopic about the beloved Mister Rogers' Neighborhood host - especially considering the legend who's playing him.

The 62-year-old Oscar-winning actor plays Fred Rogers, the late host of the long-running beloved children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in the upcoming Sony Pictures film You Are My Friend. See the first look photo of Hanks as Rogers above.

The movie, which was titled "You Are My Friend" but now has no name, is based on the real-life friendship of journalist Tom Junod and Rogers. The movie also stars Chris Cooper (The Town) as Junod's father.

Producers Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf said in a January statement, "Now more than ever, we all need a re-introduction to Fred Rogers' message of uncompromising love and kindness between all living things". That sounds a little cheesy, but it's a true story, and if anyone can make it believable, it's American treasure Tom Hanks. Heller told Entertainment Weekly.

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"The response to that casting has been overwhelmingly positive", she added.

The film is scheduled for release in October 2019.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the show's debut on PBS, which coincided with the release of the critically acclaimed documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" about his life and legacy.