What a beautiful day for another new movie trailer, and Sony Pictures released one for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the yet to be released film about Fred Rogers. Just as “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” always started with Mr. Rogers singing the classic theme song, so does the trailer. This time, it’s Tom Hanks singing the delightful tune, asking the audience, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
The trailer starts with Tom Hanks, playing the role of Mr. Rogers, on the set of his classic PBS children’s show. Just like the host himself, Hanks — with gray hair and a nicely-pressed suit — changes into a red cardigan and some sneakers.
The film, however, is not a biopic about Rogers. Instead, it narrates the story of a reporter whose life changes after he had an encounter with Rogers. Matthew Rhys plays Lloyd Vogel, a journalist for Esquire tasked with Rogers profiling. The movie is based on Rogers’ real-life friendship with journalist Tom Junod, which started in 1998 when Junod did an article about the TV personality.
Fred Rogers, the host of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” from 1968 to 2001, and died in 2003, was known for his positivity. “We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings,” Hanks, as Rogers, says in the trailer.
Filmmaker Morgan Neville, who directed 2018 documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about Rogers, mentioned: “I think what he was trying to do is teach us how to be human. This new medium was coming, television. He recognized something from the moment he saw it, that many generations of children were going to be raised by this thing, and that somebody had to use that as a tool to help children.”
The new feature movie was directed by Morgan Neville. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will be hitting the theaters this Thanksgiving.