'Ithaca': Meg Ryan's Directorial Debut Delivers Heartbreaking WWII Telegrams (Exclusive Video)

The adaptation of William Saroyan's classic 1943 novel follows a young boy who works as a bicycle telegraph messenger during wartime in the early 1940s.

Alex Neustaedter is the bearer of bad news in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of Ithaca.

Marking her directorial debut, Meg Ryan's adaptation of William Saroyan's classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy follows a young boy named Homer who works as a bicycle telegraph messenger during wartime in the early 1940s.

Ryan also stars in the drama alongside Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard, Jack Quaid, Hamish Linklater and Spencer Howard, and directs from a script by Erik Jendresen.

"The opportunity in the book was to streamline it and make it that coming-of-age story — to have it be Homer’s story," Ryan told THR of making the movie. "To have those three telegrams that he delivers really be how we strung the narrative along."

Ithaca hits limited theaters and VOD on Friday. Watch the clip above.

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