New Image of Tom Hanks As Mister Rogers

Yesterday, in honor of what would have been Fred Rogers‘ 91st birthday, Sony released a new image of Tom Hanks on the upcoming film’s set. The picture looks to be a still from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood‘s opening song, where Rogers would change from dress shoes to sneakers. Check out the photo now.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood revolves around the dynamic between Rogers and a cynical journalist named Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), who is tasked with writing a magazine profile on Rogers. The interactions between them helped change Vogel’s (based on Tom Junod) perspective on life.

Last year, the Oscar snubbed documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? explored the cultural impact of beloved television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and of course now the iconic figure is getting the traditional Hollywood biopic treatment. The film is directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and is slated for release right in the thick of awards season this November.

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