Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures has released the first photo of double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks as the late children's television icon he will play in an as-yet-untitled Mister Rogers movie.
"After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor," a Sony synopsis said.
Marielle Heller is directing the movie, which screenwriters Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue based on Junod's article, "Can You Say... Hero?"
Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper co-star in the film. It is slated to open in theaters on Oct. 18, 2019.
Rogers hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on PBS from 1968-2000. He died at the age of 74 in 2003 from stomach cancer.
Tom Hanks is Mister Rogers, coming to a neighborhood near you October 2019. pic.twitter.com/2TP3eiPUCx— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) September 27, 2018
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