Lucky Man, a play by screenwriter Nora Ephron, will mark Hanks’ first Broadway performance ever.
But this will not be the first time for Hanks to star in a story written by Ephron, who died in June. Two of Hanks’ movies, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, were also collaborations with the late screenwriter.
Lucky Man, however, will tell the story of real-life journalist Mike McAlary, who covered the police scandals in New York in the 1980s. McAlary passed away at the age of 41 in 1998.
The play will open on Broadway in April.
Although Hanks have received innumerable recognition for his various movie roles including two Oscars in 1994 and 1995 for his films Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, his stage performances have mostly been limited to low-key Shakespearean productions back in the 70s.
Ephron, who began her career in journalism, eventually went on to write other box office hits such as When Harry Met Sally. Her work for the stage was not as successful with her film scripts, with 2002’s Imaginary Friends not welcomed warmly by Broadway critics.
She was, however, also a co-author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which she wrote with her sister Delia. The story received positive reviews in Broadway in 2009 and even sparked a US tour.
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