Tom Hanks Looks Perfect as Mister Rogers in New Trailer for 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' | 22 Words

Mr. Rogers is a cultural icon for most Americans. From the recent documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? to the endless speculation about his private life, Rogers has gone from man to legend over the last few decades, for good reason. His good-natured sing-song voice and ability to speak to kids on their level made him feel less like a stranger on television and more like a family member who understood you.

Most of us kids who grew up between the '60s and the '80s have an incredibly special place in their hearts for him and his magical world, so it's no surprise that when the trailer for the new movie about his life A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood dropped, people absolutely flipped out. In the best way possible.

And the icing on the cake? Mister Rogers is being played by Tom Hanks.

Here's what we know about the film so far:

First of all, let's just admire how much Tom Hanks looks like Mister Rogers in this screenshot from the trailer.

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His smile, the red sweater, the train. The train! It's all so perfect. My heart is happy. Now, down to brass tacks. What's this movie actually about?

While the documentary covered his whole life, this movie focuses on his relationship with a journalist named Tom Junod who wrote a profile on him called Can You Say...Hero? for Esquire in 1998.

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The movie changes the journalist's name to Lloyd Vogel and portrays him as a pessimistic, curmudgeonly sort who wants to find something wrong with Mister Rogers. In the movie, Vogel is played by Matthew Rhys, who you'll probably remember from The Americans.

It looks like Vogel tries to get to the bottom of the "real" Mister Rogers...

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...only to discover what we see is what we get. Mister Rogers is 100% real, all the time. Cue the tears.

The film is directed by Marielle Heller.

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She also directed Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy and Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Bel Powley. We're so excited to see her bring this film to life.

The best part?

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They actually filmed the movie in Fred Rogers Studio at WQED (TV) where he recorded Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  That's why the sets look so real and nostalgic!

In the trailer, we see Mister Rogers' encounters with children and their parents.

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It's clear that young people adored him, as evidenced in a few short scenes shown in the trailer, one of which is pictured here. Rogers is stopped by a group of kids and asked questions, which he answers kindly and patiently.

We even get a glimpse of King Friday and Daniel Tiger!

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They're gently packed into a suitcase, which is just so insanely cute I think I might explode into a puff of confetti and ribbons.

It looks like the film also dives into Rogers' religious side.

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Many don't know that Fred Rogers was a Presbyterian Reverend who took his faith incredibly seriously. To Rogers, faith was about accepting and loving all people.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg's tweet thread about Rogers and religion is a must-read.

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She explains how his religious affiliation played into the creation of the Neighborhood itself.

The thread goes on to explain how Rogers explained war, assassination, and even homosexuality to children, and it's definitely worth reading.

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But these are the main takeaways, and they ring so true.

By the end of the film, it looks like Vogel has a change of heart.

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I'm not crying, you're crying. Well, now we're both crying.

The final moments of the trailer show Rogers on the subway in New York.

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He's suddenly serenaded by a subway car full of policemen, children, and adults singing the opening theme song to his show. And honestly, if your eyes don't well up at least a little bit, I just don't know if you're human.

Watch it for yourself here:

If you're anything like me, you'll be first in line at the ticket office when the movie is released on November 22, 2019. Stay tuned for facts about Fred Rogers you definitely haven't heard before...