Tom Hanks is in talks to make his Broadway debut, playing the lead character in Lucky Guy, Nora Ephron’s Broadway play about famed New York columnist Mike McAlary. The New York Post reported the news yesterday after months of speculation, and a spokesperson for Hanks confirms the two-time Oscar winner is in negotiations to tackle the role of the influential scribe, who covered the NYPD and chronicled some of New York’s most notorious crime stories at the end of the 20th century, just as print media was losing its dominant grip on the news cycle. Once a deal is finalized, the play is expected to premiere in January at the Shubert Theatre.
McAlary died of colon cancer in 1998, at the age of 41, just after winning the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Abner Louima case. Back in 2010, Ephron conducted table-reads of an early script, Stories About McAlary, with Hugh Jackman playing the mustachioed reporter. Last August, Dan Klores wrote a different play about McAlary, called The Wood, that played off-Broadway in the West Village.
Hanks and Ephron, of course, have worked together before. She wrote Sleepless in Seattle and wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail.