Tom Hank's movies are among the most successful in the world and he is still one of the most prized actors across the western hemisphere. Although he's been in 50 movies and a whole host of television roles, he has never acted on Broadway but Hanks is now set to make his debut in 'Lucky Guy', a play by Nora Ephron, who died earlier this year aged 71.
Ephron and Hanks already had substantial history as Hanks has starred in two of her most successful films; Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. Hank's role in her this posthumous production of her writing will be somewhat a homage to her memory. The LA Times says that “'Lucky Guy' is based on the life of tabloid journalist Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his commentary on the Abner Louima scandal that ran in the New York Daily News. Hanks will play the colorful journalist, who died of cancer the same year.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Hanks said “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... 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.”
Although Hanks is new to Broadway, he is no stranger to the stage as he has been active in the Shakespeare Center of LA. 'Lucky Guy' will be directed by George C. Wolfe and will be open at the Broadhurst Theatre next April.