In September, Sony Pictures released the first-ever image of actor Tom Hanks in costume as Fred Rogers for the upcoming film You Are My Friend. Since then, the movie’s title has been changed to the far more appropriate A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and the release date has been pushed back a month from October to November 2019. On Sunday, the studio released a brand new first look image of Hanks in character as the children’s television icon.
“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,'” read a tweet from the official Sony Pictures account. The post also linked to the film’s own Twitter account, @ABeautifulDay.
The new image also features The Americans actor Matthew Rhys in character as Lloyd Vogel, a journalist who begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile of Rogers. Vogel is based on Tom Junod, whose real-life friendship with Rogers serves as the film’s inspiration. Per the film’s official synopsis:
Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood dons a new cardigan sweater and a pair of tennis shoes in theaters everywhere on November 22nd, 2019.