New Photo of Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
I was pretty excited to learn that Tom Hanks would be playing Fred Rogers in the upcoming film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The guy is such a talented and likable actor; if anyone is able to pull off Fred Rogers, it’s Hanks!
Today we’ve got a new photo to share with you feature Hanks in the role shaking hands with Matthew Rhys, who plays Lloyd Vogel, a character inspired by real-life journalist Tom Junod. The film is inspired by the friendship of these two people.
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 the piece Junod wrote here.
The movie is 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 a previous interview:
“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.”
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is set to hit theaters on November 22nd, 2019.
According to Mister Rogers, “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD in theaters Nov 22. #RandomActsOfKindnessDay @ABeautifulDay | 📸: Lacey Terrell pic.twitter.com/DMbYZstW94— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) February 17, 2019