By Jason Abdow


Mark Rylance has accepted a starring role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” which will be produced by Amblin Entertainment. Spielberg will begin filming the project, which is being written by Tony Kushner, in the first quarter of 2017, once he is done with “Ready Player One.” The story follows a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in the 1850s who has been secretly baptized and is taken from his family to be raised Christian. This causes the parents to struggle and try to free their son.

Spielberg has been attached to direct the film for a while and it is now finally moving forward thanks to Kushner’s script. Rylance, who had previously been selective with his film roles, is becoming a regular in Spielberg’s films. He won the Oscar for best supporting actor earlier this year for his role in Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and he will be seen this summer as the titular role in “The BFG.”Rylance has also been announced to be joining Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” making that their 4th collaboration together.

“The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” has no official release date as of now.

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