Tom Hanks to play Fred Rogers in biopic

Tom Hanks has been roped in to play TV personality Fred Rogers in the biopic “You Are My Friend”. The 61-year-old actor will immortalise the star of the long-running children’s TV series “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood” on celluloid, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Marielle Heller is attached as director, who will helm the film from a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The movie is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod, who sees a change in his perspective on life after he begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the TV icon.

The film goes into production in September. Documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, with Rogers as the subject, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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