Tom Hanks has earned just about all the accolades you can earn as a movie actor, but he’s never done Broadway in his career. That’s about to change.
Hanks will star in “Lucky Guy,” a play by the late Nora Ephron about Mike McAlary, a New York newspaper columnist who became famous for his reporting on the NYPD. McAlary won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for a series of columns on the Abner Louima case before dying later that year of colon cancer.
The play, according to the New York Times, will focus on “the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s” as seen through the eyes of McAlary.
Ephron originally had conceived of “Lucky Guy” as a movie but then opted for the stage prior to her death in June. Hanks previously starred in two of Ephron’s movies, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.”
George C. Wolfe, a Tony winner for “Angels in America” and “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk,” will direct “Lucky Guy.” Previews are scheduled to begin in March, with a formal opening set for April 1.