Oscar winner Tom Hanks is considering making his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s latest stage project, according to the New York Post. The piece, Stories About McAlary, centers on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning Post columnist Mike McAlary. The project reportedly began as a film that would star Hanks, though he has yet to commit to the project since Ephron opted to make it a play instead. Hugh Jackman previously played McAlary in a reading staged by Mike Nichols.
Hanks won back-to-back Oscars for his roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, and was nominated for Big, Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away. Among his many other films are Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Larry Crowne, The Da Vinci Code, Catch Me If You Can, Road to Perdition, You’ve Got Mail, A League of Their Own, Apollo 13, Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Turner & Hooch, The ‘Burbs, The Money Pit, Splash and the Toy Story films.
Should the project come to fruition, Stories About McAlary would not be the first time the journalist’s life was dramatized. McAlary was the central figure in Dan Klores’ bio-drama The Wood, which premiered at Manhattan's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in August 2011.