Tom Hanks will be playing Mr. Rogers in a biopic and my heart is going to EXPLODE #Pop Culture#movies#nostalgia#tv Posted Jan 30 2018 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos: Saturday Night Live & Getty Related Post High-key femininity isn't weakness and here's why Sansa proves it Why is Sansa Stark presumed weak because she is high-key feminine? And what the hell make a female character "strong" anyway? Let's lay out Sansa's... Read more Many years ago, I remember my mother telling me how obsessed I had been with Mr. Rogers as a kid. Full-on, glued to the screen obsessed. I also remember really loving him (though it was in my very formative early years) and turning to Fred Rogers as a touch point for a long time. He also really influenced my taste in men. I know, weird. But my faves as a kid were Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross, who stood in stark contrast to the louder, brash dudes in my household. Now sweet, soft-spoken dudes are my weakness, including the one I'm dating. But I digress! The whole point of this zeitgeist is that another pop culture hero, Tom Hanks, will be starring in a Mr. Rogers biopic based on You Are My Friend, an article published in Esquire 20 years ago by his friend and journalist Tom Junod. I read it and immediately starting feeling all the FEELS. This movie is going to kill me. And my entire generation. And all of our parents who watched him along with us. Even better news? You Are My Friend will be directed by Marielle Heller (female directors FTW!) and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. Here's what Heller had to say about the project: "The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work. I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture." It bodes well methinks. This feature-length movie is on top of an upcoming documentary titled, "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?" It's playing at Sundance, but most of us will have to wait until June to see it. Here's the trailer to get us in the mood. As if we need the impetus! It's a time in our lives where we desperately need a role model to just still be good. I just need to keep a couple of heroes from childhood who can be human, of course, but also just generally good. Fred Rogers was committed to children, learning, and above all, love. And when played by another (dear lawd please) great dude like Tom Hanks, it should be a guilt-free viewing in which we can totally revel. Hopefully both of these cinematic accounts of his nature will continue to let us love him. There's no release date on You Are My Friend yet, but I'll be on the look-out. Get your "hankies" ready. Raise your hand if you were also raised on Rogers and are jonesing for Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. Related Post How the Aziz Ansari accusation highlights differences in consent among the generations I've been a fan of Aziz Ansari for years. So when I saw his name pop up in the headlines attached to a sexual encounter, my heart dropped. The issue… Read More h/t IndieWire Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Future apologies from the first generation of parents with a digital paper trail NEXT Diary of a divorcee: from grief to reflection to liberation Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] The article the journalist in this story ends up writing is here, if you'd like to do some weeping: http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a27134/can-you-say-hero-esq1198/ Reply Yeah, I had that linked up there and MAN did I get the major feels <3 Reply I was like "I can read that article at work. I'm all grown up and I won't cry or nothin'." I was wrong. So wrong. I'm not even a sixth of the way through and there are tears in my eyes. Edit: nope, scratch that, ugly crying. Reply Ohmygods I'm halfway through and I've got snot bubbles. :'( I love Mister Rogers! Reply Yep, same. We were all just too affected too early on and now he’s in our veins. Reply I loved Mr. Rogers as a kid. One of my college professors had met him – he was given an award by the school at some point – and his general wonderfulness was sometimes discussed in class. (He was a religious studies prof, so it was kind of relevant.) As a knitter, I love how Mr. Rogers' cardigans were knitted by his mum. How adorable is that? Reply I know! He was such a joy. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.