Here’s Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in Upcoming True-Story Film

America’s dad is ready to play America’s granddad

Last Updated: September 27, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

The movie world is still abuzz with “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” nostalgia after the hit documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, and now Tom Hanks is going to give us another dose with a first glimpse of his portrayal of the children’s TV show host in the upcoming drama about his real-life friendship with a cynical journalist.

Here’s a photo of Hanks fresh out of the hair and makeup trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures. And yes, he’s sporting Rogers’ famous red cardigan and blue sneakers.

Directed by Marielle Heller, the untitled project — which previously went under the working title “You Are My Friend” — sees Hanks’ Rogers getting paid a visit by jaded reporter Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), who has begrudgingly accepted an assignment to write a profile about the man with the red trolley. But as the two talk, Junod realizes that Rogers’ sincerity isn’t an act he does for the kids, and his worldview is completely changed by the man with whom he becomes a lifelong friend.

“You Are My Friend” hits theaters in October 2019.