ROLE CALL: Hanks Makes His ‘Case’

The Manhattan detective depicted in the magazine article, “A Cold Case,” took three decades to solve a crime. The time was considerably less for mega-star Tom Hanks to acquire the rights to it.

The story by New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch appears in the magazine’s Feb. 14 issue, which hit newsstands on Monday. Before the ink was even dry, Hanks and his Universal-based production shingle, the Playtone Co., put up a six-figure advance to pounce on the rights.

What’s the big deal? “Case” details the real-life story of a detective’s journey to solve the 1970 murder of a Manhattan restaurateur. Playtone confirmed that the actor is interested in playing the lead character.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: And the president of the United States is … Richard Dreyfuss. Well, at least on television.

Daily Variety reports that the Academy Award-winner will accept the chief executive position in CBS’ George Clooney-produced “Fail-Safe,” to be broadcast live on April 9.

Dreyfuss takes on a role originally played by Henry Fonda in the 1964 feature film. Stephen Fears will direct the latest version, which tells the story of a U.S. president working through tense negotiations with a Soviet translator Noah Wyle of “E.R.”). Together, they try to agree on an acceptable retaliation after a U.S. bomber receives a faulty transmission to drop its nukes on Moscow.

Clooney has told the press that “Fail-Safe” is one of his favorite movies. Besides producing the live project, the ex-television icon will star as the pilot who mistakenly thinks he’s supposed to deliver the bomb.

THE NEXT ‘ANGEL’: The latest buxom beauty to be added to the cast list of Columbia’s “Charlie’s Angels” is Kelly Lynch. For those who don’t recall, she was the sexy belle opposite Patrick Swayze in “Road House,” and Matt Dillon in “Drugstore Cowboy.”