You’ve Got Mail stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have reunited onscreen for Ithaca, which marks the actress’ directorial debut.
Hanks is doing a cameo in the movie, which is adapted from William Saroyan’s 1943 novel The Human Comedy. The story revolves around a teenage boy, Homer (Alex Neustaedter), who comes of age working as a telegraph messenger in the hopes of supporting his recently widowed mother (Ryan) after her eldest boy is shipped off to fight during World War II.
Ryan’s real son, Jack Quaid, is also a part of the film besides Hamish Linklater and Sam Shepard.
Hanks makes an emotional cameo in the film as the deceased husband of Ryan’s character. The trailer offers a short look at the touching moment shared between the veteran actors, who previously starred together in popular romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, reported Entertainment Weekly.
It took a day for Hanks to shoot the cameo but Ryan was touched with the gesture.
“He’s just so dear. He so did not have to do that. At the end of his time, he says to the crew, ‘All right, gather ’round. Listen, I know we’ve gotten to know each other very well over the last 10 hours together, but I just want to thank you for being here for my friend Meg’,” Ryan told EW.
Ithaca an American drama film written by Erik Jendresen and based on the 1943 novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan also stars Alex Neustaedter, Jack Quaid, Meg Ryan, Sam Shepard and Hamish Linklater.