Hanks will produce Ryan's directorial debut, in which she will also star.
The film centres around 14-year-old Homer Macauley, who in 1942 is deemed the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger in history.
When his older brother goes to war, Homer is left to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, and to bring hope to their community.
Ithaca will enter production in the summer. »
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