Sony Pictures has released the first official photo of Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers from the upcoming untitled film about the beloved children’s entertainer. The film was announced in January and is based on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod.
Tom Hanks is Mister Rogers, coming to a neighborhood near you October 2019. pic.twitter.com/2TP3eiPUCx
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) September 27, 2018
In the photo, Hanks is perched in the door of a trailer and dressed in one of Rogers’ most iconic outfits. Wearing sneakers, khakis, and a bright red cardigan, Hanks balances a book in his lap and has Rogers’ precisely parted hairstyle. All he needs is a Daniel Striped Tiger puppet to complete the beautifully-accurate transformation.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood ran from 1968–2001, influencing entire generations and reminding people to be kind to each other. Mr. Rogers passed away in 2003.
If there’s one thing audiences have learned, Hanks can make just about any role believable. He’s probably already got down Rogers’ 124-words-per-minute speech pattern. Hanks has always been coined a nice guy, so it’s fitting that he’s set to play everyone’s favorite neighbor.
The untitled biopic is scheduled for an October 2019 release.