Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is as much a national treasure to American television as Tom Hanks is to film. Which of course makes Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers the most perfect casting choice ever, as this incredible first look photo reveals. Seriously, this photo will have you do a double take!

Hanks is set to star as the neighbor of all our childhoods in Sony Pictures’ biopic, You Are My Friend—“coming to a neighborhood near you October 2019” the studio shared on social media. October 2019 can’t get here fast enough if this teaser photo of Hanks on set as Rogers is any indication of how amazing this film will be.

If you did a double-take glancing at this pic of Hanks, you aren’t alone. Wearing Rogers’ signature look: red sweater, khakis and trademark sneakers, Hanks is decidedly channeling the famed children’s TV star in all the best ways. Twitter was totally here for it, too.

We can’t wait to see more photos of Hanks in costume as Rogers and hopefully, Sony Pictures will actually drop a few clips, too.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Sony Pictures via Instagram 



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