You'll be happy to know that Fred Rogers, the host of the PBS series, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was indeed the genuine person you had hoped him to be. Last year’s documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” already highlighted this fact, but an upcoming movie about him, starring none other than lovable Tom Hanks, will prove that point even further.
Set to release on Nov. 22, 2019, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” follows Lloyd Vogel, a cynical journalist played by actor Matthew Rhys, who is actually based on real-life “Esquire” journalist, Tom Junod. Not considered a “biopic,” the movie focuses on the friendship that formed between Rogers and Junod, who was tasked with interviewing the TV host in 1998 and credits that time with Rogers as giving him an entirely new perspective on the world.
While this sentiment will translate well to audiences this holiday season, Mister Rogers' ideals have always been at the forefront of parents' minds. After all, several generations of kids learned the important lessons passed down from their friendly neighbor — and those still ring true today.