Sony Pictures has announced the official title of Marielle Heller’s upcoming biopic based on the life of Fred Rogers. The film, now titled “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” will star Tom Hanks as the host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” and will be released by TriStar in October 2019.
The film tells the true story of Rogers relationship with Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), a jaded reporter who has begrudgingly accepted an assignment to write a profile about the children’s TV host. But as the two talk, Junod realizes that Rogers’ sincerity is genuine, and his worldview is completely changed by the man with whom he becomes a lifelong friend.
Sony previously released a production photo of Hanks in full Mister Rogers attire, complete with a red cardigan and blue sneakers
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster wrote the script, with Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, and Youree Henley. 2019 will also see Hanks return to voice the cowboy Woody in Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” and star in the Sony World War II drama “Greyhound,” which he is also writing and producing.