According to Variety, Ex Machina star Oscar Isaac has signed on to headline Steven Spielberg's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
The BFG himself, Mark Rylance, is already onboard to co-star in the film, and shooting is expected to begin just as soon as Spielberg finished work on Ready Player One, which is shooting even as we speak.
What's The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara about? I'm glad you asked. Take it away, Variety:
Edgardo Mortara tells the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
This is Spielberg in Prestige Mode™, in other words. So maybe there won't be any impromptu disco breakdowns, but that's fine. Whatever brings these two together (hell, whatever brings these three together; Rylance ain't no slouch) is alright with me.
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara should go in front of cameras in the first quarter of 2017, which means if we all cross our fingers and wish hard enough, we might be seeing The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara sometime around Christmas of next year. Stay tuned.