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.
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.