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Tom Hanks to play Mr. Rogers in upcoming biopic “You Are My Friend”

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 15:10:10-05

LOS ANGELES – If you remember watching Mr. Rogers as a child, then get ready to take a trip back in time to your childhood in an upcoming movie that features Tom Hanks playing the former children’s show host.

Variety reported that TriStar Pictures landed the worldwide rights to the Mr. Rogers biopic “You Are My Friend.”

Marielle Heller will direct the movie from the script written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Heller is known also for the film “Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

The film will supposedly tell the story of journalist Tom Judd and his relationship with Mr. Rogers while Judd was writing a profile piece on him.

Hanks was recently part of the film “The Post,” which was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

According to IMDb, Fred Rogers hosted his children’s show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” from 1967 to 2001.

After being picked up by PBS before its second season in 1968, Mr. Rogers’ popularity grew across the country.

Rogers died in 2003.