Do you remember Mr. Rodgers? Silly question – everyone does! That includes Tom Hanks, who was chosen to portray the beloved children’s television host in an upcoming biopic.
‘You Are My Friend‘ will be based on the relationship that Rogers developed with journalist Tom Junod after spending time with him for an article.
“The really cool thing about Tom Hanks playing Fred is that Fred and Tom Hanks are similar in a really essential way in that they are gentle people, they are soft-spoken people, but they are powerful people,” Junod told Esquire. “I think that Tom Hanks can really bring that aspect of Fred out.”
Junod’s piece ‘Can You Say…Hero?‘ became an instant classic, and is the basis for the film.