Tom Hanks Enlists in "Charlie Wilson's War"

by | July 21, 2005 | Comments

Variety reports that once shooting wraps on "The Da Vinci Code," silver screen favorite Tom Hanks will star as real-life (and rather controversial) congressman Charlie Wilson in the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama "Charlie Wilson’s War."

"Hanks will play a congressman whose penchant for booze and women earned him the nickname Good Time Charlie. He watched his political career almost go down the drain in the early 1980s when he was caught in a hot tub tryst with two cocaine-sniffing showgirls in Las Vegas. He survived the scandal and ended up overseeing the largest and most successful covert CIA operation in history; his efforts to fund resistance fighters in Afghanistan hastened the fall of the Iron Curtain."

Universal and Hanks’ own Playtone shingle hope to get production underway next spring; no a director has not yet been hired.

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