You Are My Friend (2019)

Tom Hanks will portray Fred Rogers in the movie You Are My Friend, from TriStar Pictures.

Questioning the Story:

What's the Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers movie about?

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 You Are My Friend movie focuses on the true story of the friendship that developed between journalist Tom Junod (pictured in 2010) and Fred Rogers while Junod was writing a profile on Rogers for Esquire.



Who is the director of You Are My Friend?

Marielle Heller is set to direct for Sony's TriStar Pictures from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Heller previously directed Diary of a Teenage Girl and recently wrapped filming on Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy. "I'm thrilled to be making You Are My Friend," she 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."



What is the You Are My Friend release date?

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.



Isn't there another Mr. Rogers movie coming out?

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.

The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember is a New York Times Bestseller and just one of Fred Rogers more than 36 books.



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Fred Rogers Interviews & Related Videos

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?



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