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YOU ARE MY FRIEND: Tom Hanks To Star As Mr. Rogers

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Tom Hanks To Play Mr. Rogers In You Are My Friend

Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump actor Tom Hanks is set to play Fred “Mister” Rogers in the upcoming biopic You Are My Friend.

As one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, Hanks is well-known to even the most casual of movie fans. From his early appearances in comedies such as Splash and Big to more dramatic roles in Saving Private Ryan and Bridge of Spies, Hanks has a knack for playing everyman-type characters that lends him perfectly well to the role of the beloved television host. He has most recently appeared in The Post, which is up for an Academy Award for Best Picture, as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.

Hailing from Big Beach, You Are My Friend is described as being based primarily on Rogers’ friendship with journalist Tom Junod. Diary of a Teenage Girl‘s Marielle Heller is set to direct, while Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will both serve as producers. shares the following information about the planned film:

Turtletaub and Saraf said, “Now more than ever, we all need a re-introduction to Fred Rogers’ message of uncompromising love and kindness between all living things. Mari Heller is the perfect visionary filmmaker to bring Noah and Micah’s script to life and because of her vision and this remarkable script, we have the quintessential actor to play Fred Rogers.”

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