Oscar Isaac is joining forces with Steven Spielberg on the latter’s “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” at Amblin Entertainment.
The story follows 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. Isaac’s role in the film is unknown at this point.
Tony Kushner is adapting the script based on David Kertzer’s novel, while Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce. Mark Rylance is also onboard the film which will shoot in the first quarter of next year once Spielberg wraps filming on “Ready Player One”.