Nothing like a (triple) dose of kindness on a Monday morning!
Over the weekend, Sony Pictures tweeted a new look at Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers from the upcoming movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — and, of course, Hanks is sporting the iconic red sweater.
Based on a screenplay written by Emmy-nominated Transparent producers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster and directed by Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller, the film — billed as a “timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism” — chronicles part of the beloved television legend Fred Rogers’ life, in particular his friendship with journalist Tom Junod (called Lloyd Vogel in the film and played by The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys).
The new photo shows Hanks as Rogers shaking hands with Rhys and is captioned: “According to Mister Rogers, ‘There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.’” Rhys’ character is based on the award-winning writer who begrudgingly began writing a profile on the television icon, only to discover his life quite changed by Rogers’ attitude along the way.
“It’s a story for our times, a story about kindness and family connection and trying to tap into our better self. God knows we need that right now!” Heller told EW back in March 2018. “In the research for the movie, the writers found that more people than they could possibly count credited Mister Rogers with changing their lives…. [It’s about] one man who’s in a critical point in his life — becoming a new father, having issues with his own father — and meeting Mr. Rogers to write a piece about him, thinking it’s going to be a bit of a puff piece, but it ends up changing his entire life.”
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens in theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.