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Tom Hanks to make Broadway debut in Lucky Guy

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Hollywood actor Tom Hanks will make his debut on Broadway playing a tabloid journalist in the play Lucky Guy.

Written by Nora Ephron the play is a biopic of journalist Mike McAlary who died in 1998 aged 41. The Pulitzer Prizer-winner famously covered the police scandals of the 1980s while working for the New York Daily News.

Hanks, 56, best-known for Forrest Gump and Apollo 13, previously collaborated with screenwriter Ephron on Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.

Ephron, who died in June, also penned a number of hits from the era also starring Meg Ryan including When Harry Met Sally and, more recently, Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep.

Lucky Guy is a return to Ephron's journalistic roots.

It will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe and is due to open in April at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Hanks has previously played Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, at a festival in Cleveland, but this will be his first Broadway appearance.