Tom Hanks is taking on the role of a significant figure in popular culture, except this time, it’s a man of a more light-hearted nature. In a report from Variety, it was revealed that the Saving Private Ryan alum would play the television personality, Mr. Rogers, in the upcoming movie regarding his life, You Are My Friend.
TriStar Pictures secured the rights to distribute the film which was penned by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzman-Blue; Marielle Heller will direct.
In a statement released to Variety, Heller said she was “thrilled” to be creating “You Are My Friend.” The director claimed the script “knocked (her) out” with its message of kindness, compassion, and the endeavor to understand what it means to be a human, and how people’s spirits come to flourish.
She said she is in “awe” of his work, especially as a mother. Hannah Minghella, the president of TriStar Pictures, said she is excited to work with the cast and crew.
Hannah stated that the talent involved in the creation of this movie would undoubtedly produce a film which shows the capacity of “kindness and respect” to heal and unite people.
Reportedly, the production focuses heavily on the relationship between the journalist, Tom Junod, and Rogers, whereby a cynical journalist assigned to write a piece on the television personality comes to realize focal life lessons.
As a result of their friendship, the writer’s entire life is transformed because of the perspectives introduced by Rogers.
As you may know, Tom is no stranger to taking on roles based on real-life people; he played Ben Bradlee in The Post and also the role of a detective slated to catch the criminal – played by Leonardo DiCaprio – in Catch Me If You Can.