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Film fans are going to have different opinions. Subjectivity about films, actors, actresses or directors is always prevalent and it is something to celebrate. Still, a consensus between film fans about the greatness of something within the film industry can happen. From what I have seen, Tom Hanks seems to be universally loved by everyone. Speaking for myself, I think he is a great actor and we now have some news about an upcoming film he will star in.
According to an exclusive report in Variety, Tri Star Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for You Are My Friend. This film is a biopic about famous TV personality Mr. Rogers and Tom Hanks will play him in the film. Marielle Heller, who directed The Diary of a Teenage Girl, will direct You Are My Friend. This is what she had to say on the matter:
“I’m thrilled to be making You Are My Friend […] 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 Story of You Are My Friend
The story of You Are My Friend will be based around the friendship between Mr. Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Junod is a cynical person who reluctantly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece centred on Mr. Rogers. He finds his perspective on life transformed during his time with Mr. Rogers. From this description, it seems that You Are Mr Friend will be a light-hearted, feel-good film and Hannah Minghella, president of Tri Star Pictures, had this to say on her delight about making this film:
“This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite. We are proud to partner with Marielle, Tom and everyone at Big Beach to bring this inspirational true story to audiences all over the world”.
I cannot say that I am extremely excited for this film but Tom Hanks being cast has me intrigued. Hopefully, news about more cast members being announced will increase my anticipation to see You Are My Friend.
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