Well, that was wonderful. Sony on Monday dropped the first trailer for the drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” that stars Tom Hanks as kids TV icon Mister Rogers.
We’ve seen images of Hanks stepping into the big loafers of Fred Rogers, but in this first full trailer, Hanks steps directly onto the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and even nails his inflection perfectly.
Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film that’s loosely based on the 1998 Esquire article by journalist Tom Junod, and it’s a story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. The film follows a jaded magazine writer who is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers but is doubtful of Rogers’ optimism. Over time, the two form a friendship and he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
Matthew Rhys stars as the journalist alongside Hanks and Chris Cooper. The screenplay comes from Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
Heller told Entertainment Weekly that “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” was shot in the original studio in Philadelphia where “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was filmed and that the crew meticulously recreated the sets from the long-running kids show. They even borrowed items out of Fred Rogers’ wardrobe.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opens in theaters on Nov. 22. Watch the first full trailer above.
Fred Rogers through his life
Fred Rogers through his life
393868 02: (File Photo) Fred Rogers, The Host Of The Children's Television Series, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," Rests His Arms On A Small Trolley In This Promotional Portrait From The 1980's. "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" Will Broadcast It's Last New Episode August 31, 2001 It Was Announced August 30 In A Statement By Rogers From Nantucket, Ma. Rogers Has Been Broadcasting His Gentle Entertainment To Children For Thirty-Four Years. (Photo By Getty Images)
Actor Fred Rogers holding a balloon and puppets in the public TV childrens program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.(FOR CORRECT REPRODUCTION MIRROR IMAGE.) (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President-elect Bill Clinton (R) holds a trolley car given to him by Fred Rogers (L) during the Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children 19 January 1993 at the Kennedy Center. Fred Rogers is the host of the children's show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". (Photo credit should read J.DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)
385913 01: (ITALY OUT) Fred Rogers of television show "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" fame attends the presentation ceremony of the Christopher Awards February 22, 2001 in New York City. Rogers won the award for the second time for his decades of service in children's television programming. The Christopher Awards recognize positive achievements in the media. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison)
WASHINGTON, : File photo dated 03 April 2002 shows legendary children's television star Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" endorsing the PBS television show for children called "Between the Lions" in the East Room of the White House. Fred Rogers, who won the hearts of millions of American children and parents with the "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" show, died 27 February, 2003 from cancer at the age of 74. Rogers, a Presbyterian minister turned host of PBS public television's longest-running show, died at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after a brief battle with stomach cancer. PBS is a private, nonprofit media owned and operated by 349 US public television stations with noncommericial and educational services and the program is intended to help millions of children become better readers. AFP PHOTO Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 9, 2002: (FILE PHOTO) U.S. President George W. Bush presents Fred Rogers (L) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award during a ceremony July 9, 2002 at the White House in Washington, DC. The medal is the highest civilian award given to those who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Rogers, who was the host of public television's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died at the age of 74 February 27, 2003 at his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home. He had been suffering from stomach cancer. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)