Sony Pictures has released the official first look photo of Marielle Heller’s upcoming untitled Mr. Rogers biopic that sees Tom Hanks star as the titular character. This project won’t be telling the story of the darkness of Fred Rogers or even try to dramatize his story for the big screen, it’ll rather just show who Fred Rogers really was. While many of the characters and antics we see on screen these days are just an
act, his wasn’t and that’s why a film is being made.
When it comes to Hanks, he’s perfect. He has the look and there’s no doubt he’ll be able to perform as or as close as he can get to Rogers. It’s hard to imagine a better casting for this role. Shockingly, Hanks hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since 2001 for Cast Away. So it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see his name on the ballot following his performance in this film, especially because of how beloved Mr. Rogers was.
The official synopsis for the film follows. What do you think? Is Hanks perfect or can you think of someone better? Are you excited for this biopic? Also starring Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper, Heller’s untitled Mr. Rogers biopic will be released on October 18th, 2019.
Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in Untitled Mr. Rogers / Tom Hanks Project, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.