Treehouse Pictures is working on a biopic about the TV icon, but casting the lead won't be easy
It won’t be an easy sweater to fill.
“There’s only one person in this whole world like you,” Fred Rogers liked to say on his long-running children’s TV show. But now the difficult task begins of finding someone just like Mr. Rogers – or who can at least capture his essence – for an upcoming biopic.
“His keen ability to find the good in anyone, or anything, will make for a truly inspiring cinematic experience,” producer Justin Nappi says of the film, which is expected to be called A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
But who could carry the lead as the iconic, laconic neighbor? Rogers had such a signature style that it may well take someone with chameleonic talents to embody it. Some of today’s leading comic actors might be able to pull it off – if they can channel his childlike gentleness and pure optimism.
We’ve offered a few ideas below. Let us know who you would choose, or tell us in the comments.