For the vast majority of his career Rogers was known as Mr. Rogers, the good-natured man who taught children essential values on how to treat one another on his show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. With each episode Mr. Rogers brought a hands on learning experience by traveling “via trolley” to a brand new exciting world. The show lasted from 1968 until 2001.
Rogers, who died at the age of 74 in 2003, will be at the center of a biopic, which is now in the works. The biopic, which is expected to be called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is based on a script by Alexis Jolly, who is currently a staff writer for The Ellen Degeneres Show. Ellen Degeneres and Mr. Rogers? Seems like the two go hand in hand.
Of the biopic, producer Justin Nappi says A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will capture the center of who Fred Rogers was to people. Nappi said,”His keen ability to find the good in anyone, or anything, will make for a truly inspiring cinematic experience.”
So far there’s only been speculation on the leading man that can be humble and earnest enough to fulfill the iconic shoes of Mr. Rogers. Some ideas floating around the internet includes Modern Family star Ty Burrell and The Office alum Steve Carell. While both actors have Fred Rogers’ stature, actors like Matthew Broderick and Jimmy Fallon are known for their own brand of mild mannered good natured and often sunny dispositions.
In addition, we’re going to toss Bill Hader into the ring for the lead role. If he can dial his comedy down a notch or two, and is up for the challenge of a dramatic role, he could easily fit the bill based on looks alone.
Who do you think is the best fit to play Fred Rogers?