The film is a biopic of Fred Rogers, creator and host of the long-running children's TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968 - 2001). The plot will focus in part on the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, who will be portrayed by Matthew Rhys (The Americans). The cynical journalist reluctantly takes an assignment to write a profile story about the cherished TV icon. In the process, Junod's perspective on life is forever changed by Rogers. The real-life piece, titled Can You Say...Hero?, was published in Esquire in November 1998.
The Mr. Rogers movie has been given a release date of October 18, 2019. Seeing that Tom Hanks has several films already set to shoot in 2018, including the WWII movie Greyhound, it was unlikely that the Mr. Rogers movie would be released before the fall of 2019.
The Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It is set to be released in the USA on June 8, 2018.
Dive deeper into the You Are My Friend true story by watching Fred Rogers testify before Congress in the video below as he attempts to secure $20 million in funding for PBS. Then view a trailer for the Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?