By Brad Haynes
He’s played Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, and now The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Tom Hanks will be playing Fred McFeely Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, in the new movie You Are My Friend.
The movie is based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and Rogers. After the cynical journalist accepted an assignment to write a piece on the legendary children’s television host, his outlook on life took a drastic change.
Rogers has local ties to Central Florida as a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park.
The film will be directed by Marielle Heller.
A documentary on Rogers, called Won’t You Be My Neighbor, played this year at the Sundance Film Festival.