The cardigans, the changing of the shoes, the soothing voice; generations of children were raised on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”—and many were better people for it. Though Fred Rogers passed away in 2003, his legacy endures to this day. A documentary about the children’s television icon may not sound like the most exciting of films, a recently released trailer offers an inspired look at the man behind the cardigans, to reveal a surprisingly daring artist underneath. The film will predate a Mr. Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, which is set to start filming this summer.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” comes to us courtesy of Morgan Neville, who proved he knows how to tug a heartstring with Oscar winner “20 Feet From Stardom.” Promising “an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor,” the films charts Rogers’ origins, highlighting the unlikely success of a low-budget show with a no-frills host. In interviews with former cast members, the movie hails “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a risk-taking force for social change, driven by Rogers’ own vision and deep empathy.
Focus Features will release “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” in select theaters on June 8, 2018. Check out the trailer below.