First Look of Tom Hanks as the Iconic Mr. Rogers In Marielle Heller Biopic

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Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jim Judkis / Focus Features

To many, it remains extremely interesting that Fred Rogers continues to make waves in the popular culture. Rogers and his television show “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” became iconic for generations during its thirty-year run. Several generations grew up on Roger’s teachings, most of which sought to make children understand they are loved. With a group of puppets, including Daniel Striped Tiger, Rogers made public access television accessible and educational. This year, he was already the subject of the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” which many predict will contend for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Now, we received our first look at the upcoming biopic starring Tom Hanks and directed by Marielle Heller.

The image helps sell Hanks as Rogers, despite the fact the two do not appear to share many physical characteristics. Still, it’s a great approximation of the children’s television legend. The iconic cardigan, tie, and shoes tie together the image. The image will do a lot to get fans off Rogers and Hanks excited for the upcoming film.

Heller directs the film written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. While many had speculated the feature would be titled “Are You My Friend,” the title remains undecided. Also on board in the cast are recent Emmy winner Matthew RhysChris Cooper, and Susan Kelechi Watson. The story will follow Rogers relationship with journalist Tom Junod (played by Rhys).

Hanks continues to be a fan favorite despite a drought with Oscar. Hanks received a pair of Oscars in 1993 and 1994 racking up 5 nominations over his career. Yet the famed thespian has gone 17 years without a nomination. However, 2019 may change that. Hanks will be busy in 2019. In addition to Heller’s film, he will star in a World War II drama “Greyhound” and return to Pixar with “Toy Story 4” over the summer. Get excited for 2019, a year full of Hanks.

What do you think of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers? Do you think he looks the part? Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

“The Untitled Mr. Rogers Film” releases on Oct. 18, 2018. TriStar Pictures distributes.