Susan Kelechi Watson, finest recognized for her function on NBC’s This Is Us, will star in You Are My Buddy, the biopic of the late Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the preschool present Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968-2001). On Thursday, Deadline introduced that Watson would star alongside Matthew Rhys, star of the collection The Individuals, and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who will painting Rogers.
The Marielle Heller-directed movie is loosely based mostly on Rogers’ friendship with award-winning journalist Tom Junod (Rhys). The 2 grew to become shut associates after Junod was given the task to profile the tv icon, which reportedly modified his outlook on life.
You Are My Buddy is being filmed in downtown Pittsburgh. It’s scheduled to be launched in October 2019.
Watson will seem on Season 3 of NBC’s This Is Us on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. EST.