Sony Pictures has released an internaitonal trailer and two featurettes for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the biopic starring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers. Overseas audiences are far less familiar with the man and so the trailer has a slightly different story angle than the U.S. one.
Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film that’s loosely based on a 1998 Esquire article and follows a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) who is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers (Hanks) but is doubtful of Rogers’ optimism.
Over time, the two form a friendship and he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. Chris Cooper also stars in the film which was penned by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.
The film was shot in the original studio in Pittsburgh where “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was filmed. The film opens in U.S. cinemas November 22nd.