Meg Ryan might best be known as the queen of ’90s rom-coms, but now she’s got a new title: director.
The actress has stepped behind the camera to helm her first feature film, Ithaca, a coming-of-age drama that first debuted at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia last year.
Ryan also stars in the film as a recently widowed mother raising her children in the midst of World War II.
In an exclusive sneak peek from Ithaca, Ryan’s onscreen son Homer (Alex Neustaedter) takes a job as a telegraph messenger in the hopes of supporting his mom after his eldest brother is drafted to fight in the war.
As Homer laments having to deliver a telegram to a woman about her son’s death, Ryan’s character tells him, “Everything is all right Homer, it’s only that you are becoming aware of the world in which you’ve been a child.”
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Jack Quaid, Ryan’s real-life son (with ex Dennis Quaid), also stars in the film as the oldest son fighting on the front lines, and the actress briefly reunites with her You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle costar Tom Hanks – marking the first time they’ve shared the screen in nearly two decades.
Ithaca hits theaters Sept. 9.