One of the most beloved actors of his generation is set to star in a biopic about one of the most beloved television personalities of all time. Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks will take on the role of Mr. Rogers in what is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Debuting in 1968, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons, most prominently on the Public Broadcasting Service in the United States. Starring the lovable Fred Rogers, the educational show was targeted at children. The final episode of the show aired in 2001, and Rogers died of cancer in 2003 at the age of 74.
Due to the success of Rogers’ program that spanned more than three decades, several generations maintain warm feelings toward him because he played a big part in their childhoods. There was an outpouring of emotion both when Rogers retired and when he died, so there is sure to be a strong desire to see the kind grandfather figure brought to life on the big screen.
The makers of the film, titled “You Are My Friend”, have struck gold in casting Hanks in the iconic role. Not only are the “Forrest Gump” star’s acting chops second to none, but he is also a hugely bankable star. Like Rogers himself, Hanks is a popular culture legend to multiple generations of people worldwide.
A perennial awards nominee, Hanks was nominated for a Golden Globe for his recent work in “The Post”, but he surprisingly failed to garner an Oscar nomination this year. The “Saving Private Ryan” star will have a good chance during next year’s awards season after audiences get a look at him as Mr. Rogers.
Fans will have to wait patiently to see “You Are My Friend”, as the film does not yet have a release date.