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'Mister Rogers' movie starring Tom Hanks sets 2019 release date

"You Are My Friend" will be released on Oct. 18, 2019, Sony Pictures said Wednesday.

Fred Rogers, left, rehearses the opening of his

Fred Rogers, left, rehearses the opening of his PBS show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," in Pittsburgh in 1989; and Tom Hanks at the London premiere of the film "The Post" on Jan. 10. Photo Credit: Composite: AP

LOS ANGELES — The Fred Rogers drama “You Are My Friend” starring Tom Hanks as the beloved television host is coming to theaters in late 2019.

Sony Pictures says Wednesday that the film will be released on Oct. 18, 2019.

The story is inspired by the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Marielle Heller, who made the well-reviewed coming-of-age drama “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” is directing the film.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” inspiring a PBS special, a postage stamp and a feature-length documentary, “Won't You Be My Neighbor," which hits theaters on June 8.

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