Tom Hanks Writing and Directing a New Comedy

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Now we can end the speculation of what’s next for Tom Hanks. Before he collects another paycheck and does The Lost Symbol where he will again reprise is role as symbologist Robert Langdon, Hanks will be writing, producing, directing and starring in the comedy Larry Crowne. And joining him is his co-star from Charlie Wilson’s War, Julia Roberts.

Hanks will play the titular character, and as Mike Fleming with Deadline Hollywood explains, he plays a man “forced to reinvent himself and find a new career as he navigates the second act of his life.” The project will mark the first time he’s helmed a feature film since 1996’s musical pic That Thing You Do! He also wrote that feature as well.

Hanks and Roberts had good chemistry in Charlie Wilson’s War, so it’ll be interesting to see how this project turns out. And I’m wondering who Hanks will have in supporting roles. When he did That Thing You Do! he cast a then-unknown Charlize Theron in a supporting role and Tom Everett Scott as one of the leads. For Scott, it was his motion picture debut.

Credit: Deadline Hollywood

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