Tom Hanks didn’t appear in any 2018 films except Christmas-release holdover “The Post,” but the actor is returning in a big way next year. In addition to roles in the war drama “Greyhound” and Pixar’s animated sequel “Toy Story 4,” Hanks will take on the role of Fred Rogers in Marielle Heller’s biographical drama. Sony and TriStar Pictures have debuted a first look at Hanks in character (see below).
While the Rogers narrative feature was originally reported to be titled “Are You My Friend,” the studio confirms the film is currently untitled. The screenplay is written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and focuses on the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, played by “The Americans” Emmy winner Matthew Rhys. Chris Cooper and “This Is Us” favorite Susan Kelechi Watson co-star.
Rogers was all the rage at the box office earlier this year as the subject of Morgan Neville’s documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The non-fiction film is currently the frontrunner for the best documentary Oscar at next year’s Academy Awards. Heller, meanwhile, is also at the center of this year’s awards center. Her Melissa McCarthy-starring drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has earned rave reviews at Telluride and TIFF and opens October 19.
Check out Hanks as Rogers in the first look photo below.