Tom Hanks is to make his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy.
The Philadelphia actor will portray award-winning journalist Mike McAlary in the play, which has been written by late Academy Award-nominee Nora Ephron.
The production charts the career highs and lows of the controversial tabloid reporter, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his coverage on the police brutalization of Abner Louima and died from colon cancer later that year.
Two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe is to direct the play, which will begin previews at the Broadhurst Theater on March 1 2013, with the official opening night slated for April 1.
Lucky Guy marks Tom’s first stage performance since 1979, when he performed with the Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York.
The play had been in doubt following the death of Nora—who also wrote Tom’s films Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail—in June.
Further casting information will be released in the coming weeks.