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Watch Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in first ‘Beautiful Day’ trailer

Mary Pickels
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Tom Hanks stars as Latrobe native Fred Rogers in Sony Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” set for release in November.

In the new TriStar Pictures trailer for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” actor Tom Hanks appears convincing as the mild-mannered children’s program host and Latrobe native Fred Rogers — or Mister Rogers, as generations of children knew him.

Scheduled for release on Thanksgiving Day, the film is described as the “story of kindness triumphing over cynicism.”

Hanks is shown entering a set reminiscent of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” exchanging his suit jacket for a red cardigan and sliding off his loafers and slipping on tennis shoes, just as Rogers did when opening his program.

The trailer gives glimpses of the character Mr. McFeely, known for making “speedy deliveries,” and Rogers’ puppets, including Daniel Tiger, X the Owl and Lady Elaine Fairchild.

The biopic is directed by “Diary of a Teenage Girl’s” Marielle Heller and based on a relationship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, who wrote a long-form biography of Rogers for Esquire in 1998.

Matthew Rhys of “The Americans” plays Junod.

Hanks was spotted in Westmoreland County in 2018 doing research for the film and filming in the Pittsburgh area.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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