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Sony Pictures/TriStar released a new photo from the upcoming film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in which Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers, in honor of what would have been the late PBS icon’s 91st birthday on Wednesday.
The film follows cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) as he reluctantly accepts an assignment to write a profile for Esquire on Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). As the two men get to know each other, Vogel’s perspective on life is transformed as he overcomes his skepticism and learns about empathy, kindness and decency.
Rhys’ character is based on journalist Tom Junod, while Hanks portrays the host of the long-running children’s show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The photo, which was shared on Twitter, shows Hanks in Rogers’ iconic red sweater as he happily throws a shoe into the air. The post was accompanied by the caption, “Happy Birthday, Mister Rogers! How has our favorite neighbor inspired you to spread kindness?”
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) March 20, 2019
Marielle Heller directed the film, which was written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett and Tammy Blanchard also star in the film.
The title is inspired by the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood theme song that began, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”
The film will be released on Nov. 22.
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