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Oscar Isaac in talks for Steven Spielberg's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

The Two Faces of January

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR Isaac is in talks to star in Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

According to Variety, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor would star alongside Mark Rylance, who featured in Spielberg’s recent The BFG and won an Oscar for his work on Bridge of Spies.

The story of the film chronicles a real scandal from Bologna, in 1858, after a young Jewish boy was taken from his family to be raised Catholic because he was secretly baptized as a child.

It will be adapted from historian David Kertzer’s book of the same name.

According to Kertzer’s website, “the fate of this one boy came to symbolize the entire revolutionary campaign of Mazzini and Garibaldi to end the dominance of the Catholic Church and establish a modern, secular Italian state”.

It has not been revealed which role Isaac would take but Rylance is playing Pope Pius IX, who regarded the kidnapped boy as his own child.

The movie would reportedly be shot in 2017.

Isaac most recent work includes high-profile roles as the villain in X-Men: Apocalypse and as heroic pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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