The TriStar film is based on the true story of a friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Per the official logline, Junod, a jaded magazine writer played by Matthew Rhys (The Americans) writes a profile of Rogers and in so doing “overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.”
Rogers, improbably, is a hot ticket in Hollywood after the spectacular returns for Morgan Neville’s documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Focus release has grossed $22.6 million and counting.
The Hanks version is directed by Marielle Heller and written by: Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue. The cast also includes Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper. The producers are Youree Henley, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf
For Hanks, the past year has extended a busy stretch since he appeared as Ben Bradlee in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Upcoming for him, acting-wise, are Sony’s World War II drama Greyhound, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and English-language remake A Man Called Ove.
Here is the photo from the officially known for now as the Untitled Mr. Rogers/Tom Hanks Project: