Sony has released the first trailer for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks as beloved television icon Fred Rogers.
Rogers, for those who may not know, was a much-loved multi-hyphenate American television personality and Presbyterian minister who created/hosted a popular preschool television series titled Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which run from 1968 until 2001. The film is based on the real-life friendship between Rogers and Tom Junod, a jaded magazine writer hired to write a profile on Rogers. Matthew Rhys (The Americans) plays the journalist.
Filmmaker Marielle Heller – who impressed with Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Diary of a Teenage Girl – directs this very sweet-looking picture. The screenplay comes from Transparent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil scribes Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, based on Junod’s Esquire article “Can You Say… Hero?” That wonderful article, by the way, can be read in full right HERE.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, also starring Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper, will open in the US on November 22 and arrives in Australia on January 1, 2020.
Official synopsis for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood:
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.