First Look at Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers Has People Very Excited

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In his beloved children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, host Fred Rogers taught young people about empathy and kindness. The lessons still resonate with us today. The show’s message, along with the universal love for Rogers (who died in 2003) helped make the documentary about him, titled Won’t You Be My Neighbor, an unexpected summer box office hit in 2018.

If you can’t get enough of the movie and Rogers’ gentle nature, you won’t have to stop there. Sony has revealed the first look of Tom Hanks dressed in character as Rogers. In the exclusive photo, Hanks can be seen sitting outside of his movie trailer, donning blue tennis shoes and the iconic red sweater. He’s the spitting image of the beloved children’s television show host. It’s no wonder that the internet has been electrified with excitement in anticipation of the still-untitled film.

For those looking forward to this film, it’s a biopic that will focus on the “unlikely friendship” between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod (played by Matthew Rhys), who got to know the television personality while he was writing a 1998 profile on him for Esquire magazine. TriStar Pictures, who acquired the rights to the film, describes the plot as “a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.”

The film will be released in October 2019.

Tom Hanks is making a movie about Mister Rogers, and Sony just released a picture of him dressed in character.

Needless to say, the internet is excited for the upcoming film, which will be released in October 2019.

h/t: [BuzzFeed, Laughing Squid]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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