Oscar winner Tom Hanks’s debut novel has been announced, and is due out next year. The book, Hanks’s second foray into fiction has been described by its publisher as a “wildly ambitious” story about the making of a film.

The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece spans 80 years, and culminates in the opening of the titular movie, which is a “colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film” inspired by a comic book.

Ailah Ahmed, publishing director at Hutchinson Heinemann, the imprint of PRH that is publishing Hanks’ book in the UK, said working on the actor’s debut was “a publisher’s dream come true”.

“The fact that he has written an epic about ordinary people in a rather extraordinary world, and one that is thoughtful, poignant and hugely entertaining is icing on the cake,” she added.

Uncommon Type, Hanks’s short story collection, focused on his collection of vintage typewriters. The book has sold 234,000 copies in the UK to date, according to PRH.