Tom Hanks has signed on to make his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy."
The 59-year-old actor was in talks for the role when Ephron died in June. "Lucky Guy" follows the career of Mike McAlary, a controversial tabloid reporter who rose to fame writing for the New York Daily News and The New York Post in the 1980's.
McAlary was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the New York Police Department's brutal beating of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. He died of colon cancer at age 41, a few months after receiving the honor.
Previews for the play, which will be directed by George C. Wolfe, are scheduled to begin on March 1 at New York's Broadhurst Theatre. Opening night is set for release on April 1, 2013.
Ephron, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director and author, died at age 71 on June 26 in New York after battling leukemia, a form of blood cancer. She penned the scripts for two of Hanks' most famous romantic comedies - the 1993 film "Sleepless In Seattle" and the 1998 flick "You've Got Mail."
Hanks won his sixth Emmy on September 23, for producing the HBO film "Game Change." He has won six Emmy Awards and has received a total of 11 Emmys nods, although none were given for acting.
The actor has also won two Oscars. He won his first for his title role in the 1993 film "Forrest Gump" and earned his second for his leading part in the 1994 movie "Philadelphia," in which he played Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer who sues his former law firm for discrimination once it comes to light that he has AIDS (see a video of his acceptance speech).