Matthew Rhys to Co-Star With Tom Hanks in Mr. Rogers Film ‘You Are My Friend’ (Exclusive)
Fresh off his Emmy nomination for “The Americans,” Matthew Rhys is moving to the big screen.Rhys is in talks to co-star with Tom Hanks in TriStar’s Mr.
Rogers pic “You Are My Friend,” sources tell Variety.“Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller is helming the movie from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod (Rhys).
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.The film is positioning itself as an awards player by setting an Oct.
18, 2019, release date.Big Beach Films is producing with Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf producing for the company alongside Youree Henley (“The Beguiled”).
Leah Holzer of Big Beach will executive produce, along with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster.
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