Looks like perfect casting to us.
Tom Hanks will play children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers in “You Are My Friend,” a new biopic from TriStar Pictures.
“You Are My Friend” is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the heart-warming story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.
Details: The project hails from Big Beach (Little Miss Sunshine, Loving) with Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) set to direct from a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster (Transparent, Beautiful Ruins). Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach will produce alongside Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Woman). Leah Holzer of Big Beach will executive produce, along with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster. The project originated from a true story developed by Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster, first appearing on the Black List in 2013.
Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures, said:
“This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite.”