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Tom Hanks cast as Mister Rogers in new biopic

When you can get Tom Hanks to play a role, any consideration to how much he looks like the person goes out the window.

Director Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) is helming a biopic of Fred Rogers, better known to the world as Mister Rogers. The new film, You Are My Friend, will be based on Rogers’ real-life friendship with journalist Tom Junod.

February marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. To celebrate there is also a documentary currently showing at Sundance called Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

It seems that we’re in for a lot of upcoming celebrations of the life Fred Rogers. I have no issues with celebrating his life, but is Tom Hanks really the right guy for this? He’s a great actor, but it just doesn’t seem like he’s the right person for this to me. He did pull off Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, so who knows.

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Tom Hanks cast as Mister Rogers in new biopic


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