Tom Hanks Mr. Rogers Film Now Titled ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

One of the best-received documentaries of 2018 chronicled the life and educational work of a national treasure,  Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood fame. His passing in 2003 affected many fans young and old, and his loss was keenly felt across the globe.

Tom Hanks
Photo Credit: Lacey Terrell

Earlier this year, it was revealed that 2-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks would be stepping into the cardigan and tennis shoes in a biopic film about Mr. Rogers. Pretty perfect casting for Hanks, who has also portrayed American visionary Walt Disney in a fairy squeaky clean film about the production of Disney’s Mary Poppins.

Just yesterday, SONY revealed the official title for the Mr. Rogers film (which was originally being touted as You Are My Friend) is A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

The film takes its inspiration from Tom Junod‘s “Can You Say….Hero?” article, in which Junod (a reporter) was sent on an assignment to write a profile on Fred Rogers.

Matthew Rhys (The Americans) will play character Lloyd, who is reportedly a “fictionalized version” of Junod. The film will also star Susan Kelechi, Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Sakina Jaffrey, Carmen Cusack, Noah Harpster, and Maddie Corman.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is set to hit theaters on October 18th, 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



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