Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance are set to collaborate for the third time on their upcoming project The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer.
Bridge of Spies was not a commercial success nor was it a big scorer when it came to the Academy Awards this year, but Mark Rylance stood out in the movie which earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor beating the fan favourite Sylvester Stallone. It also initiated a new film duo in the form of Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance.
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The theatre actor said in his acceptance speech that it was rare to feature in movies as he had done most of his work on stage and the award was confirmation that he could perform on camera as well.
Steven Spielberg might be keen on honing on the talent of Mark Rylance as he has featured the actor in his CGI feature The BFG where the actor plays the role of the friendly giant in the movie.
The movie is set to release in theatres this summer and will definitely be in the same category as Spielberg’s other similar projects.
What is more interesting is that The BFG is yet to be released and the duo or already talking about collaborating on yet another movie. That’s right, Spielberg is already preparing to make another movie and he has Mark Rylance playing a key role in the movie.
Reportedly, Spielberg is set to direct the Tony Kushner adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer’s book, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Mark Rylance has been confirmed to play the character Pope Pious IX in the movie, according to Deadline.
The story revolves around the six years old Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who was kidnapped by the church and was secretly baptized, and raised as a Christian.
The book recounts Mortara’s parents’ struggle to free their son which becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
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Spielberg will be working with production team including, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger and Amblin Entertainment will produce the project and production is set to begin in early 2017 for release in the fourth quarter of that year.