Marielle Heller, the director of 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' and last year's Oscar-nominated 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' is back with her third feature film 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood '. The movie stars Tom Hanks as the eponymous television icon Fred Rogers.
In a conversation with IMDB, the director Marielle Heller talked about the process of getting Tom Hanks for her movie. Heller met the two-time Oscar-winning actor at Colin Hanks'(Tom's son) kid's birthday party. Tom Hanks and Heller bonded over a New York Times article about women directors (of which Heller was a part of.)
Heller recalled her difficult experiences in regards to getting Tom Hanks , as the actor had already played 'real people' (Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks and Captain Sully in 'Sully') Heller, however insisted on getting Tom Hanks as she believed "Tom Hanks was perfect for this part. So let me just give it a try.'' And rest as we all know, is movie history!
'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ' played last night at the Toronto International Film festival and has already received praise for Tom Hank's portrayal of Fred Rogers. The actor could very well catapult back into the Oscar race after 16 years, having previously won the coveted statue twice for 'Forest Gump' (1994) and 'Philadelphia' (1993).
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ' is written by Micah Fitzerman- Blue and Noah Harpster and directed by Marielle Heller and stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Tammy Blanchard, Enrico Colantoni, and Maryann Plunkett.
'Based on a true story, 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ' is about an award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) who grudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile of the beloved television icon Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks). Soon, Vogel's perspective on life is transformed after his encounter with Rogers.
Backed by Sony Pictures, the film is set for a November 22, 2019 release date.