An exclusive report by Variety has named one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors, Tom Hanks, to play the man that everyone grew up loving, Mr. Rogers in a Biopic called, “You Are My Friend”. The news comes after Tri-Star Pictures succeeded in their effort to acquire the distribution rights.
The film will be helmed by “Diary of a Teenage Girl” director, Marielle Heller, who has been gushing over the project, since she was tabbed to lead it.
“I’m thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,’” Heller said. “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.”
The script, she mentions, was written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and follows the story of two real-life friends, Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod and the incredible way Rogers changed Junod’s cynical perspective on life.
While having a leading man, a director, and a script would normally mean that this movie is set for production, that’s not the case with “You Are My Friend”. Hanks has a very busy film schedule this year, as he is already attached to two films. One that he wrote and will star, a World War II movie called Greyhound, and another conveniently titled Bios.
It’s likely he’ll find the time, one way or another, to get it filmed this year, but as it stands now it’s a mystery. As more news becomes available find it here on Cinelinx.