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Tom Hanks To Play Mr Rogers In Upcoming Biopic 'You Are My Friend'

Tom Hanks is set to play the iconic Mr. Rogers.

"I'm thrilled to be making 'You Are My Friend,'" director Marielle Heller told Variety.

"The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life's work."

"I can't wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture."

The focus of the film will reportedly be the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Fred Rogers was famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' from 1968 to 2001.

Other than his show, he is most remembered for this passionate speech urging congress not to cut funding for public television in 1969:

January 30, 2018 |

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