Sony on Thursday revealed the first look of Tom Hanks as beloved children’s TV show host Mister Rogers.
While the film is still untitled, the plot is expected to cover the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood host and his relationship with journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), who while working on a magazine profile of Rogers, learned more about kindness, empathy, and decency.
Hanks as Rogers quickly went over well online, where commenters said it’s the exact type of wholesome image they needed to see this week.
Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, has been having quite the resurgence this year with the documentary Won’t You Be By Neighbor being one of the surprise box office hits this summer.
We won’t be able to see Hanks play America’s favorite neighbor though until October 2019.