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    Tom Hanks to Play Mr. Rogers in Biopic ‘You Are My Friend’

    ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ director Marielle Heller will helm for Sony’s TriStar.

    Tom Hanks wants to be your neighbor.

    The Oscar winner will play TV personality Fred Rogers in biopic You Are My Friend, which has been acquired by TriStar Pictures.

    Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller will direct from a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. The screenplay appeared on the 2013 Black List.

    The feature, which is set to begin production in September, is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. The cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.

    Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will produce via their Big Beach, along with Youree Henley. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster will exec produce alongside Big Beach’s Leah Holzer.

    Hannah Minghella and Shary Shirazi will oversee the project for TriStar.

    Rogers, the star of the long-running children’s TV series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, was the subject of the doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor? that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is set to be released by Focus Features.

    Hanks, repped by CAA, can currently be seen in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. He is set to reprise his role of Woody in Pixar’s Toy Story 4 and is attached to Amblin/Universal’s sci-fi feature Bios.

    Heller, who recently wrapped filming on Melissa McCarthy-fronted Can You Ever Forgive Me? for Fox Searchlight, is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.

    CAA and UTA brokered the deal with TriStar.

     

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    ENGLAND
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    I love Tom Hanks, and Mr. Rogers is part of my childhood. So many of us loved Mr. Rogers, and I can see this film being a tear-jerker.

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    JackO
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    And he still wont get nominated

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    Sean Phillips
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    I mean he’s just playing to type. Lovable, noble hero that fits his persona as a latter day Jimmy Stewart. This can’t possibly be a challenge anymore. Maybe if he played an absolute monster of a person or even just a soft hearted jerk like he did in A League of Their Own, people would think about listing him higher on their ballots.

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    ENGLAND
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    I mean he’s just playing to type. Lovable, noble hero that fits his persona as a latter day Jimmy Stewart. This can’t possibly be a challenge anymore. Maybe if he played an absolute monster of a person or even just a soft hearted jerk like he did in A League of Their Own, people would think about listing him higher on their ballots.

    He honestly doesn’t need to get nominated again in my personal opinion. If he does, I’d be happy, but I am happy with what he has. He has received great reviews in the last few years, and has made a MAJOR impact on the world of cinema.

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    I wish he had been nominated for A League of Their Own. THAT was a Best Supporting Actor performance. So many great lines, my favorite being “By the way, I loved you in The Wizard of Oz” 🙂

    If this biopic is done right, he could see his sixth nomination- finally!

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    vinny
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    This is perfect casting. Nicest guy in Hollywood playing the man that shaped so many childhoods for the better. Kinda screams Oscar bait to me

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    Even if he does not get nominated, he still wins my heart

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    This is just amazing casting and shows why Tom Hanks has always been one of my favorite actors of all time.

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    I wish he had been nominated for A League of Their Own. THAT was a Best Supporting Actor performance. So many great lines, my favorite being “By the way, I loved you in The Wizard of Oz” ???? If this biopic is done right, he could see his sixth nomination- finally!

    Mine is one he technically never said “Avoid the clap, Jimmy Dugan!”

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