Lucky Guy tells the story of the charismatic New York columnist Mike McAlary. The play will chronicle his rise to fame and his subsequent ruin from a libel suit that nearly ended his career, culminating with his coverage of the Abner Louima case, for which he earned the Pulitzer Prize shortly before dying in 1998.
Hanks will star as McAlary, and George C. Wolfe, whose theater credits include The Normal Heart and Angels in America, will direct. “It’s heartbreaking to consider [Nora’s] absence, but we will continue on be guided by people who have no small desire to maintain her voice,” Hanks told EW. “It’s the third great collaboration I would’ve had with Nora, and we actually talked about it for a long time prior, so I think everybody around the table will be able to predict how she would’ve felt about some of our suggestions. We’ll all keep each other honest.”
Ephron is the writer of such films like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. She passed away on June 26 of this year, dying of complications stemming from myelodysplasia, a blood disorder she had battled for six years.
The production will play a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre, with previews beginning on March 1. The opening night is currently slated for April 1. Additional casting is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
(Reporting by Adam Markovitz)