Tom Hanks is in talks for a cameo in Meg Ryan's directorial debut "Ithaca" alongside the likes of Sam Shepard, Jack Quaid and Melanie Griffith.
Based on William Saroyan's 1943 novel "The Human Comedy," the film explores how the Second World War affects a family in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Specifically it centers on a 14-year-old telegraph bicycle messenger named Homer Macauley who is left to take care of his widowed mother, older sister and four-year-old brother Ulysses after his older brother is sent off to fight.
Homer continues delivering messages, one of which will change his life forever. Tom Hanks will play Homer's late father.
Erik Jendresen penned the script while Gary Goetzman, Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are set to produce. Shooting begins next month in Virginia.