You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

First Look at Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in New Film

The first glimpse at Tom Hanks in costume as beloved children’s television show host Fred Rogers was released on Thursday. The Oscar winner dons Rogers’ signature red sweater, along with a dress shirt and tie, tan slacks, and sneakers.

Variety first reported in January that Hanks would play Rogers in TriStar Pictures’ biographical drama, with production starting in September. The film is based on the true story of the friendship between the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” host and journalist Tom Junod. In the movie, Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) plays Junod, a jaded magazine writer who is reluctantly assigned to profile Rogers. He ends up being so moved by Rogers’ kindness and empathy that he overcomes his skepticism and has a renewed look on life.

The movie is the second in recent months to focus on Rogers, with the hit documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” released in June.

Here’s the first look photo:

Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays one of America’s most cherished icons, Mister Rogers, on the set of TriStar Pictures’ Untitled Mr. Rogers / Tom Hanks Project. Photo Credit: Lacey Terrell

Hanks’ pic is directed by Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) from a script by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue, and produced by Youree Henley, Marc Turtletaub, and Peter Saraf. Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”) and Chris Cooper (“Live by Night”) will star alongside Hanks and Rhys.

The film hits theaters Oct. 19, 2019.

In other Tom Hanks news: 

 

More Film

  • The Rhythm Section

    'The Rhythm Section': Film Review

    It’s a wonder that Stephanie Patrick makes it to the end of “The Rhythm Section” alive. Normal people tend not to survive the kind of sophisticated revenge mission that snaps Stephanie out of her depression and into action-hero mode in Reed Morano’s dark, broody and unexpectedly human payback thriller, which stars Blake Lively as a [...]

  • Berlinale Title 'Mare' Debuts Trailer, Be

    Berlinale Title 'Mare' Debuts Trailer, Be For Films Handles Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

    Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for Swiss/Croatian feature film “Mare,” written and directed by Andrea Staka, which will have its world premiere in the Panorama Section of the Berlin Film Festival. The film, which is being sold by Pamela Leu at Be For Films, centers on Mare. She has never flown, [...]

  • MoviePass card

    MoviePass Parent Company Files for Bankruptcy

    Helios and Matheson Analytics, which owns the defunct MoviePass cinema-subscription service, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. The company disclosed the move in an SEC filing dated Jan. 28, when Helios and Mathenson filed the petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Chapter 7 [...]

  • Brotherhood Oscar Nominated Short Film

    Oscar Live Action Shorts All Feature Familial Relationships

    Most nominees in this year’s live-action short category involve familial relationships. Only one is in English — two were shot in Tunisia — but they all tell stories that transcend cultures. Three women were nominated in this category. BrotherhoodMeryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon Traveling through northern Tunisia, Tunisian-Canadian filmmaker Joobeur encountered two freckle-faced, red-headed [...]

  • Parasite Korean Film

    Oscar Foreign-Lingo Films Play Awards Bingo

    After the Palme d’Or, the Golden Globes and a slew of critics’ gongs, it is highly likely that helmer-writer Bong Joon Ho’s masterful, multilevel black comedy “Parasite” will achieve the triple crown of prestige kudos by nabbing the international feature Oscar. Surprisingly, it is the first South Korean film to be nominated in this category, [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Green Hornet' Movie Rights Land at Amasia Entertainment

    Amasia Entertainment has won the feature film franchise rights “The Green Hornet,” nine years after Seth Rogen took on the title role for Sony Pictures. Amasia’s co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo made the announcement Wednesday. Helfant is a veteran Hollywood executive who was president and chief operating officer of Marvel Studios for several years [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content