Ephron, the acclaimed writer-director known for the screenplays to "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Heartburn," died at the age of 71 on June 26. She had been at work on the new play about late writer McAlary, who was a columnist for the New York Post and the Daily News. Ephron worked for the New York Post early in her career and wrote about the experience in her final book, "I Remember Nothing."
Hanks, who appeared in Ephron's "Sleepless in Seattle," will make his Broadway debut in the play. His screen credits also include "Philadelphia," "Forrest Gump," "Cast Away," "Saving Private Ryan," "That Thing You Do" and the upcoming film "Cloud Atlas."
Additional casting will be announced.
Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe will helm the production that will officially open April 1, 2013. Lucky Guy is taking over the Broadhurst, which was previously the home of the now-scuttled musical Rebecca. A previous report stated that the limited engagement will run through June 16, 2013.
The Broadway production is produced by Colin Callender, Roy Furman, Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Berlind, Stacey Mindich, Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo, David Mirvish, Daryl Roth, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Scott and Brian Zeilinger, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and The Shubert Organization.
Tickets go on pre-sale to AmEx cardholders Oct. 20. The general public may purchase tickets beginning Nov. 3 via Telecharge.com.