Following the onslaught of hero news that arrived over the weekend via SDCC, today marks the arrival of a film focusing on a real-life one and everything he did that was pure and good in the world. Tom Hanks’ A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood sees the Oscar-winner don the iconic cardigan of the beloved Mister Fred Rogers, the American TV host, writer, puppeteer, musician and beloved neighbour that captured a nation.
Directed by Marielle Heller (who’s making a drastic redirection from her previous story of scandal and deception Can You Ever Forgive Me?), the film follows Esquire journo, Lloyd Vogel (The Americans Matthew Rhys) who is forced to write a piece on everyone’s favourite. children entertainer, Fred Rogers (Hanks). Already the cynic of the man who simply can’t be that nice, Vogel takes the gig eventually learning to acknowledge and understand the warmhearted soul that captured millions of viewers.
With the little footage I’ve already seen (sorry, we weren’t blessed with Mister Rogers in the UK), Hanks looks to have the role down and does share an impressive resemblance to the coveted character he’s been tasked to play. Eyes will also be on Rhys as he makes one of his biggest ventures to the big screen in some time. We can only wait and see the final result when A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood arrives in US cinemas November 22 and later in the UK on December 6.