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Tom Hanks is in talks for a cameo role in Meg Ryan’s directorial debut “Ithaca.”

d War II coming-of-age saga about life on the home front. He’s already closely involved in the project, serving as executive producer alongside his partner at Playtone, Gary Goetzman. Brian O’Shea‘s The Exchange acquired worldwide rights to the project earlier this year and has been shopping it to foreign buyers.

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Ithaca will mark the fourth time that Hanks and Ryan have appeared together on the big screen after Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve got Mail, their last film, released in 1998.

Ryan will direct Ithaca from an adapted script by Erik Jendresen, who worked with Hanks on the acclaimed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing. Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid also will star. »


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