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When Hollywood mega-stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts teamed up for 'Charlie Wilson's War' back in 2007, it seemed like a match made in heaven. After all, these were two of the biggest and most popular movie stars in the world. Yet despite strong reviews, the movie failed to recoup its budget, becoming one of the highest profile failures of the decade.

Now we're about to find out if the second time is the charm.

That's because according to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks and Roberts are re-teaming for an upcoming comedy titled 'Larry Crowne.' While details about the plot of this 'Crowne' affair are vague -- it's simply described as "the tale of a man re-inventing his life" -- its pedigree could hardly be more Hollywood blueblood, as Hanks himself co-wrote and will direct the feature. When Hollywood mega-stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts teamed up for 'Charlie Wilson's War' back in 2007, it seemed like a match made in heaven. After all, these were two of the biggest and most popular movie stars in the world. Yet despite strong reviews, the movie failed to recoup its budget, becoming one of the highest profile failures of the decade.

Now we're about to find out if the second time is the charm.

That's because, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Hanks and Roberts are re-teaming for an upcoming comedy titled 'Larry Crowne.' While details about the plot of this 'Crowne' affair are vague -- it's simply described as "the tale of a man re-inventing his life" -- its pedigree could hardly be more Hollywood blueblood, as Hanks himself co-wrote and will direct the feature.

Joining Hanks on the scripting duties is 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' auteur Nia Vardalos, whose breakout film was produced by Hanks and his business partner Gary Goetzman. Goetzman will also executive produce 'Larry Crowne,' which is set to begin filming in April and which will be the first directorial effort for Hanks since the 1996 ode to rock 'That Thing You Do!'

But it's the people in front of the camera rather than behind it that will be gaining the lion's share of the attention. While Hanks has remained a bankable star thanks to hits such as 'Angels & Demons,' Roberts has struggled at the box office in recent years; other than the 'Ocean's' series of ensemble pieces, her last film to top the $100 million mark was 'Erin Brockovich' way back in 2000. And her most recent vehicle, the Clive Owen romantic thriller 'Duplicity,' bombed to the tune of just $40 million, leaving some to wonder if her days as one of Hollywood's elite are behind her.

Still, they say that a rising tide lifts all boats, so perhaps the presence of Hanks will help turn 'Larry Crowne' from a story about a man re-inventing his life into the story of an actress re-inventing her career. And hey, if not, no worries.

After all, there's always 'Ocean's 14.'