The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the two-time Oscar winning actor will make his Broadway debut in the late playwright which tells the story about ups and downs of controversial real-life tabloid reporter Mike McAlary in 1980s New York.
The 56-year-old star had been good friends with Ephron, and they even collaborated in her 1993 hit, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail in 1998.
“Working on a movie with Nora is kind of like going to a dinner party of hers. There’s a lot of great conversation. There’s a certain amount of screwing around but, by and large, you wind up talking about what Nora dictates you’re going to wind up talking about,” he said of the penner.
Ephron, who died in June at age 71, was a world-known writer of a number of hits from the era also starring Meg Ryan including When Harry Met Sally and, more recently, Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep.
The play will be directed by George C. Wolfe, who won Tony Awards for his staging of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 1993 and for the musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk in 1996.
The play is scheduled for official opening on April 1, while its previews will begin on March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre, with the limited engagement set. Additional casting is yet to be announced.
Ephron latest play Lucky Guy is kind of a return to her journalistic roots. It is billed as a drama with touches of her famed acerbic tone.
The writer is known for her first Broadway play, “Imaginary Friends”, which was directed ten years ago and starred Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz. The play was largely panned by critics.
Ephron also co-authored “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” with her sister Delia, which was performed Off-Broadway to positive reviews in 2009 and enjoyed a long run followed by a national tour, Reuters writes.
Nora died in June at the age of 71. She reportedly suffered acute myeloid leukemia, which took a turn for the worse in recent days after coming down with pneumonia.
Raised in Beverly Hills, Ephron graduated from Wellesley College to start her journalist career at the New York Post. She then went on to write about the 1970s women’s movement for Esquire.
“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady,” Ephron told Wellesley’s Class of 1996 in a commencement speech.
“I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.”
All her life, the beloved penner refused to settle for predictability. “Every 10 years or so there was a moment when I’d say, even subconsciously, ‘Is that all there is?'” she told Ladies’ Home Journal in 2009. “You’ve got to find ways to keep it fresh for yourself. To do the thing, as they say, that is a stretch.”