Tom Hanks Cast as Mr. Rogers in ‘You Are My Friend’

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Tom Hanks attends the Closing Night Gala European Premiere of "Saving Mr Banks" during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Variety reported, Tom Hanks has been tapped to play as Mr. Rogers in ‘You Are My Friend’ biopic. TriStar Pictures will distribute the film worldwide.

Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) is attached to direct while Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster are set to pen the script.

You can read the premise of the film below:

“I’m thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,’” Heller said. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”

The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.