Legendary actor Tom Hanks will be playing Mister Rogers in a yet-to-be-named film about the TV personality.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was an iconic television show that ran from 1968 to 2001, encompassing 31 seasons and 912 episodes (including TV specials). Fred Rogers, who created the show, took on the personality of Mister Rogers. Rogers himself even composed the theme music. The show, set in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, taught generations of children the nuances of everyday life and encouraged them to be better people. As a result, Mister Rogers is generally one of the most loved TV personalities of the 20th century. Although Rogers died in 2003, many viewers still respect his TV career and approach to life to this very day. Naturally, a movie is in the works.
The film is unnamed and has a 2019 release date, and will star Tom Hanks in the title role. The movie will focus on the relationship between Rogers and Esquire reporter Tom Junod. Junod covered Rogers near the end of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in the late 1990s.
Hanks is no stranger to playing real-life characters.
Hanks played astronaut Jim Lovell in the 1996 movie Apollo 13, as well as former U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson in the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson’s War. In the latter, Hanks played a congressman who supported funding the mujahideen (those engaged in jihad, or struggle) in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Hanks also played Walt Disney in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks and Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the 2016 film Sully. The latter film is a biographical drama film about a pilot who successfully lands a plane in the Hudson River after it accidentally strikes a flock of birds.
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