Tom Hanks is Mister Rogers in first photo from upcoming film

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The Oscar victor dons Rogers' signature red sweater, along with a dress shirt and tie, tan slacks, and sneakers.

Now Sony Pictures has started production on a biopic about Mister Rogers, with the iconic Tom Hanks starring as the legendary children's star in the new film You Are My Friend.

Sony Pictures released a photo of him on Twitter on Thursday in his Fred Rogers' costume, sitting on the top step of his trailer with a script in hand. "It's really not. It's a movie that's largely focused on a reporter and (Mr. Rogers') relationship to his life, and how (the reporter's) whole world changes when coming in contact with Fred Rogers". You can now catch it on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD, but soon enough Mr. Rogers will return to the big screen in a different way.

The Hanks version is directed by Marielle Heller and written by: Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue.

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We promise. this is actually Tom Hanks and not an old pic of the real Mr. Rogers, but the transformation is pretty uncanny. Junod is played by "The Americans" star Matthew Rhys in the film. Assigned to write a profile about Rogers, a cynical Junod finds his life transformed by the experience.

The tweet that accompanied the photo said the movie is slated for release in October 2019.

He was the subject of the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival this year.

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