In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller previews her upcoming Fred Rogers biopic (although she insists it isn’t) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
With Tom Hanks portraying another American hero (see: Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Sully) and Matthew Rhys as the hard-hearted reporter who profiles the TV personality, Heller brings to life the “goodness” depicted in Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster’s script.
“[Mr. Rogers] is a guide for how to slow yourself down and connect with what’s true in your heart, your kindness, your patience, and your goodness,” Heller told EW. “Having his voice in my head for the past two years while I’ve been making this movie has made me a better parent.” Read the full interview here.
FF2 Media continues to champion Heller’s work as a female director; Although Can You Ever Forgive Me? earned awards-season success in the acting and screenwriting categories, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overlooked Heller’s direction. To date, only five women have ever been nominated in this category. Only one woman, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2009), has ever won. Heller also wrote and directed the 2015 indie drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and episodic television with Casual and Transparent.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens November 22, 2019. Watch the trailer below:
Photo: A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Director Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks on set [LACEY TERRELL/SONY]