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Tom Hanks to make Broadway debut in new Ephron play

Published on Oct 12, 2012 6:01 AM
 Actor Tom Hanks arrives on the red carpet for the gala presentation of the film Cloud Atlas at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival on Sept 8, 2012 -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Tom Hanks will make his Broadway debut playing a tabloid journalist in Lucky Guy, a new drama by the late Nora Ephron, producers said in a statement on Thursday.

The Hollywood star will continue his long collaboration with Ephron that has included Sleepless in Seattle in 1993 and You've Got Mail in 1998. Ephron died in June at the age of 71 of complications from leukemia.

Based on a true story, Lucky Guy opens in April next year, the statement said, and dramatises the rise and fall of former tabloid columnist Mike McAlary as he covers the police scandals of a polarized, crime-ridden 1980s New York. McAlary died aged 41 in 1998.

Hanks, 56, has won two best actor Oscars for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump and is known for other popular films, but his stage acting has been limited to small Shakespeare productions in the 1970s.

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