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Tom Hanks all set to play Mr Rogers in biopic titled You Are My Friend

January 30th, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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Tom Hanks all set to play Mr Rogers in biopic titled You Are My Friend
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American Televison’s friendly neighbour Fred Rogers, famous as Mr Rogers, is going to be immortalised in a biopic starring Tom Hanks. The film will be titled You Are My Friend and is made by TriStar Films, it is helmed by Diary of a Teenage Girl director Marielle Heller with a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

While sharing more about the project, Heller told Variety, “I’m thrilled to be making You Are My Friend. The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”

A documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor? explored Rogers’s three-decade long career featuring various interviews and rare footage but You Are My Friend is based on a completely different side of Rogers. The film is inspired from a real-life relationship between Fred Rogers and Esquire journalist Tom Junod, the film traces how a cynical journalist’s view on life transforms completely after he reluctantly accepts to write a profile piece on the beloved icon Rogers.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Junod also tweeted, “It is finally happening, and in the best of ways: a movie, very loosely based on the article I wrote for @Esquire 20 years ago, with Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, two innovative screenwriters from “Transparency” scripting, and Marielle Heller directing. Well-timed, for this moment.”

After starring in The Post, Tom Hanks will take up playing real-life role. In the Oscar nominated The Post, Tom Hanks played Washington Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee. He also played the legendary figure of Walt Disney earlier in Saving Mr Banks.

Photo courtesy: www.indianexpress.com

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