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See Tom Hanks As Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
It really is a beautiful day in the neighborhood. On what would have been his 91st birthday, Sony Pictures has released an image of Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in its upcoming film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. It’s particularly special for Esquire, as the film is based in part on Tom Junod’s profile of the TV personality that originally ran in the November 1998 issue of the magazine.
If anyone is up for the challenge of playing a universally loved public television host, it’s Hanks—a bit of a universally loved hero himself. The Americans’ Matthew Rhys will play the journalist based on Junod. The image released today will likely conjure up some memories for fans of Rogers. That toss of the loafer is how Rogers kicked off just about every show, singing the opening theme as he changed from his on-the-town attire to something a bit more comfortable for friends: a kind sweater and a relatable pair of sneakers.
Mr. Rogers (Hanks) meets the journalist (Rhys), based in part on Tom Junod.
The Esquire piece covers a multi-day interview that involved Junod following Rogers through his everyday life. Rogers, ever the gentleman, never seems to deviate from the kind-eyed man who broke down barriers around sex, race, and class over his five decades on television.
The film, which currently does not have an official release date, is directed by Marielle Heller, who directed the critically acclaimed 2018 film, Can You Ever Forgive Me. As for a full trailer, no word exactly on when that will be released, either. In the meantime, change out of your dress shoes and into something comfortable because this isn’t going to be a formal film—it’s one to be shared among friends.