HOLLYWOOD legend Tom Hanks will take to the Liverpool Empire stage later this month as part of his new book tour.

The actor, director, and writer - known to millions as the star Forrest Gump, the voice of Woody from Toy Story and many other acclaimed roles, is at the venue on Wednesday, November 29 to celebrate the publication of his debut novel The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.

Diane Belding, Theatre Director at the Empire said: "We’re honoured that Tom Hanks has chosen the Empire for his book event.

"It’s a real coup for the theatre and for the city.

"Whether you know him best as Forrest Gump, or Woody from Toy Story or for any of his many amazing roles, he’s hugely popular around the world, but I just know our audiences will give him that big, warm, Liverpool welcome that we’re so famous for, we can’t wait!"

Live on stage, Hanks will be in conversation to celebrate the publication of his debut novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece: a wildly ambitious story of the making of a colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film, and the humble comic book that inspired it all.

Exploring why he wanted to capture the changes in America and American culture over the past 80 years, Hanks will share the inspiration behind his colourful cast of characters.

Taking the audience behind the scenes and offering a glimpse into how a story becomes a finished film, Hanks will also touch on how he drew on his own career in Hollywood.

The show promises to be 'funny, touching, and thought-provoking and an incredible opportunity to see one of the greatest film stars of our time live on stage'.

Each ticket holder will receive a copy of The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece (RRP £22).

Tickets are available from ATGTickets.com/Liverpool