East Hampton’s Steven Spielberg has been busy! Between the release of The BFG and the upcoming Ready Player One, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for him to take a little break next year. But that’s clearly not the iconic director’s style. Following Ready Player One‘s filming, Spielberg will move on to Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, written by playwright Tony Kushner based on the David Kertzer novel.
In Edgardo Mortara, a young Jewish boy in 1858 Italy is forcibly taken from his family with the intention of raising him as a Christian. His family’s attempts to free him becomes part of a major political war between the Papacy and Italian democracy.
The film definitely sounds different from the cyber odyssey of Ready Player One, but Spielberg can do “serious” just as well as he can “fantasy.” It’s perhaps fitting, then, that chameleon actor Oscar Isaac is reportedly starring in Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The star—who has been seen in everything from Inside Llewyn Davis to Ex Machina, playing vastly different roles in each—has been rapidly rising on the Hollywood buzz ladder since appearing as the rakish, charming Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, despite having been an active actor for many years. There’s no word on who Isaac will be playing.
Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara is without a release date at the moment. More as it develops!