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Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance to reunite for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

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Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg looks set to reunite with Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance for long-gestating religious project, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

The true story would focus on a six-year-old Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy, in 1858 who was seized by the police, removed from his parents’ home and raised as a Catholic. He later became a priest in the Augustinian order.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rylance will star as Pope Pius IX.

Tony Kushner, who worked on Spielberg’s Lincoln and Munich, has adapted a script from David Kertzer’s novel, which has been in development with the filmmaker since 2008.

Sources quoted by the Reporter say Spielberg intends to start shooting in early 2017, after he has completed work on Warner Bros sci-fi blockbuster Ready Player One, with a view to getting the film completed in time for an awards season run.

Rylance won the best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in Spielberg’s most recent film, Bridge of Spies. He has already reunited with Spielberg a second time for forthcoming summer event movie The BFG.

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