tom hanksAfter initial reports suggested that their next collaboration would be strictly off-screen, it seems that frequent co-stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan may reunite on film after all.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Hanks is in negotiations to make a small cameo in "Ithaca," Ryan's directorial debut in which she's also starring. Hanks had previously signed on in a behind-the-scenes role to executive produce the film through his Playtone company.

If things pan out, this would mark the fourth time -- and first time in 16 years -- that the pair have starred together on the big screen, following "Joe Versus the Volcano," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."

"Ithaca" is an adaption of William Saroyan's 1943 novel "The Human Comedy," and focuses on a 14-year-old bike messenger delivering telegrams during World War II, and the war's effect on his hometown and his family. Hanks would play the boy's father.

Ryan stars alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, and Jack Quaid (Ryan's son). Shooting is expected to start next month.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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