You Are My Friend First Look Reveals Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers

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In the picture, the Oscar-winner is seen sitting down wearing a bright red sweater over a button-up shirt and tie paired with khaki trousers.

Tentatively titled You Are My Friend, the film will be about Fred Rogers, the television personality who charmed millions of children in his four decades as host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Araya Diaz via Getty Images Tom Hanks attends the screening of "Simple Wedding" during the 2018 LA Film Festival.

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The tweet that accompanied the photo said the movie is slated for release in October 2019.

The movie will focus on the period toward the end of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood run on PBS, when journalist Tim Junod reluctantly takes an assignment to profile Rogers. "Hero?", the film will concern the relationship between the writer (played by The Americans' Matthew Rhys) and Rogers, with the former learning along the way to let go of his cynicism in the face of his subject's unfailing kindness and altruism.

Tom Hanks is now shooting a movie as Fred Rogers.

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This year marked the 50th anniversary of the show's debut on PBS, which coincided with the release of the critically acclaimed documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" about his life and legacy.

Directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), it's yet another project in which Hanks will play a real larger-than-life figure (after, most recently, Sully and Saving Mr. Banks). Susan Kelechi Watson ("This Is Us") and Chris Cooper ("Live by Night") will star alongside Hanks and Rhys.

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