Tom Hanks: Alberto Lowe/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Gary Susman
June 19, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

He caught Leonardo DiCaprio’s Frank Abagnale Jr. in ”Catch Me if You Can,” and now, Tom Hanks will play another sleuth who spends years tracking a suspect in a real-life crime drama. Variety reports that Hanks will star in ”A Cold Case,” playing New York district attorney’s office investigator Andy Rosenzweig, who vowed to cap his career by solving the murder of his friend 27 years before.

The film will reunite Hanks with Oscar-winning ”Forrest Gump” screenwriter Eric Roth, who is adapting the 2002 book by Philip Gourevitch, who expanded the tome from his own magazine article in The New Yorker. Directing the Universal release will be ”One Hour Photo”’s Mark Romanek. Hanks hopes to shoot the film early next year, after he shoots another airport-set comedy-drama for ”Catch” director Steven Spielberg, ”Terminal,” in which Hanks will play a Balkan refugee who makes New York’s JFK his home after a war wipes his country off the map and renders his passport useless.

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