‘Super 8’s’ Gabriel Basso Joins Tom Hanks in Meg Ryan’s Directorial Debut ‘Ithaca’

The indie movie chronicles life in a small California town during World War II

Last Updated: September 18, 2014 @ 5:50 PM

“The Big C” star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan’s directorial debut “Ithaca,” an individual familiar with the indie movie has told TheWrap.

Erik Jendresen’s adapted William Saroyan’s novel “The Human Comedy,” which chronicles life in a small California town during World War II.

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Basso joins Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Jack Quaid in the film, in which the young actor will play the role of Tobey George.

Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing while Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman are executive producing. The Exchange is shopping foreign rights.

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While Basso is best known for playing Laura Linney’s son on Showtime’s “The Big C,” his previous feature credits include J.J. Abrams‘ sci-fi blockbuster “Super 8” and Jordan Vogt-Roberts acclaimed coming-of-age comedy “The Kings of Summer.”

Basso recently wrapped the Keanu Reeves-Renee Zellweger courtroom drama “The Whole Truth,” and he’ll soon be seen alongside Hailee Steinfeld in Kyle Newman’s “Barely Lethal.”

Basso is represented by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Coast to Coast Talent Group.