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Tom Hanks will finally make his Broadway debut next year in Lucky Guy, a play written by the late writer/director Nora Ephron.
According to Playbill, Ephron was working on the play at the time of her death at age 71 on June 26. The play is about the late New York Post writer Mike McAlary, who also worked for the Daily News. Ephron also worked for the Daily News and had written about her experiences in I Remember Nothing.
Hanks will star as McAlary, who survived a libel lawsuit and won a Pulitzer Prize before his death in 1998.
George C. Wolfe, who previously directed Angels In America and The Normal Heart, will direct the production. Previews will start on March 1, 2013 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Opening night is set for April 1.
“It’s heartbreaking to consider [Nora's] absence, but we will continue on be guided by people who have no small desire to maintain her voice,” Hanks recently told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s the third great collaboration I would’ve had with Nora, and we actually talked about it for a long time prior, so I think everybody around the table will be able to predict how she would’ve felt about some of our suggestions. We’ll all keep each other honest.”
Hanks starred in two of Ephron’s films, You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. At the time of her death, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson said in a statement, “Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her.”
Ephron was also nominated for an Oscar for her When Harry Met Sally... script.
Hanks was first attached to the production in May.