Tom Hanks will make his Broadway Debut in LUCKY GUY by Nora Ephron, according to Michael Riedel of the New York Post. The play, previously titled Stories About McAlary, centers on the life of the late New York Post and Daily News columnist Mike McAlary. A full production of the revised script directed by George C. Wolfe is slated for a limited run at the Shubrt theater in January.
"Hanks has signed on to play tabloid newspaper columnist Mike McAlary in “Lucky Guy,” which will open in January for a limited run at a Shubert theater," writes Riedel.
Hanks was invited to take the role early this year but was unsure about taking the role.
STORIES ABOUT MCALARY was given a reading in New York in June 2010. Directed by Mike Nichols, McAlary was read by Hugh Jackman. The reading also included Sarah Paulson and Richard Kind. The play is reportedly being produced by Fred Zollo and Bob Cole - the forces behind Jackman's latest, A Steady Rain - alongside president of HBO Colin Callender.
Tom Hanks is known for his roles as Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia and as the title character in Forrest Gump, roles which won him two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor. Hanks is also known for his Oscar nominated roles in Big, Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away. His other notable roles include Apollo 13 as Jim Lovell, The Green Mile as Paul Edgecomb, Toy Story as Woody and Charlie Wilson's War as Charlie Wilson.
McAlrary is most famous for his coverage of the Abner Louima case, which won him a Pulitzer prize.