Tom Hanks in talks for Meg Ryan's "Ithaca"

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This story brings romance and courtship into the electronic age of the World Wide Web via e-mail and chat rooms. Joe Fox (Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) live and work blocks from each other on New York City's Upper West Side. Their lives are practically intertwined. They both shop at the same place, frequent the same coffee shop, and even own competing bookstores on the same street. They also both have significant others of their own. Joe has the overly hyper book editor Patricia Eden (Parker Posey), while Kathleen lives with the scholarly newspaper columnist Frank Navasky (Greg Kinnear). Then they meet in a chat room. Though they keep their identities secret (they're known only by screen names "NY152" and "Shopgirl"), they tell each other everything about their lives, including their private feelings, which slowly turn into affection for each other. When Joe decides to open a new branch of his "Foxbooks" chain that risks putting Kathleen's "Shop Around the Corner" out of business, the tension between them escalates. Surely her boutique business will be lost to the conglomerate with a built-in newsstand and coffee bar. When Joe sees Kathleen waiting for him in the restaurant where they agreed to meet up, he puts two and two together, but cannot face her, given their agreement not to reveal each others' names and professions. How can he reveal himself to her now, knowing that he is the cause of her misery?
June 26th, 2014

Tom Hanks is in talks for a part in Meg Ryan's 'Ithaca'.

The 'Forrest Gump' actor is reportedly being considered for a cameo role in the 52-year-old actress' directorial debut - a coming of age saga set during the first World War.

The movie focuses on a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley in 1942 and follows the story of 14-year-old Homer Macauley, a telegraph bike messenger caring for his widowed mother.

Hanks is in talks to star as Homer's late father who will be introduced via flashbacks, while Ryan will play the young boy's mother, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Band of Brothers' Erik Jendresen will pen the screenplay - which is based on William Saroyan's 1943 novel 'The Human Comedy.'

Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard and Melanie Griffith with also star in the drama with Hanks and Gary Goetzman acting as executive producers.

Hanks and Ryan have previously starred together in three movies - 'Joe and the Volcano' and the romantic comedies 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail'.

Meanwhile, Hanks, 57, has just finished shooting the 2015 drama 'A Hologram for the King' and is also set to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming untitled cold war thriller.