Tom Hanks; First Broadway Appearance in "Lucky Guy"
Tom Hanks routinely takes over theaters around the country, but now he's looking to take over Broadway.
The two-time Academy Award winning Hanks is looking to make his first appearance on Broadway starring in "Lucky Guy," according to Reuters.
The play was written by the late Nora Ephron, an Academy Award nominee, and will be directed by Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe.
"Lucky Guy" is about Mike McAlary, a New York City tabloid journalist and his controversial career in the 1980's. McAlary is famous for his reporting of Abner Louima's beatings by police. Reporting on the incident led to McAlary winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
"Lucky Guy" marks Hanks Broadway debut, but the actor has done stage work before. His last stage performance was in New York with the Riverside Shakespeare Company back in 1979.
The play will start previews in New York City at the Broadhurst Theater March 1. "Lucky Guy" opens officially the night of April 1, 2013.
The 56-year-old "Forest Gump" actor has done other projects with Ephron in the past. Hanks played the lead in Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle" in 1993 and "You've Got Mail" in 1998 that also co-starred actress Meg Ryan in both films.
Ephron died earlier this June at age 71 from leukemia. She was mostly known for her romantic comedies such as "When Harry Met Sally" and her last film "Julie and Julia."
Hanks also made casting news last month when he was confirmed for the role of Walt Disney in the upcoming film "Saving Mister Banks," which is about the 20-year pursuit of the film rights to the novel "Mary Poppins."
Production has only recently started and there is no word yet on when "Saving Mister Banks" will hit theaters.