International treasure and heavenly gift to all of us mortals on Earth, Oscar Isaac, has a new project on his hands and it’s quite different from what we have seen him in recently.
After taking over the world of science fiction with Ex-Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and X-Men: Apocalypse, Isaac will now star in Steven Spielberg’s new drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, based on the novel of the same name written by David Kertzer.
It follows the story of a young Jewish boy in Italy, in 1858, who is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents fight to free their son, becoming part of a larger battle that includes the Papacy going against democracy and Italian unification. It’s a very Spielberg-like story, to be honest.
Also starring is uncle Spielberg’s new favourite Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG), who will play Pope Pius IX. It goes without saying that this movie will be intense and with a heavy emotional charge. It’s also a universal truth that both Isaac and Rylance know their ways through drama.
I don’t even need to explain to you Spielberg’s mastery in this genre.
Edgardo has no release date yet, but it is expected to start shooting in the first quarter of 2017 once Spielberg is done with Ready Player One.
In the meantime, we will have our dose of Oscar Isaac with The Promise, a historical drama with Christian Bale, and Alex Garland’s Annihilation, a science fiction drama that, in all honesty, I can’t wait to see. The more Oscar, the better. Am I right? (of course I am).
As for Mark Rylance, he is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s new epic action-thriller Dunkirk and Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
Spielberg, Isaac, and Rylance is one combination I would have never expected and I didn’t know my heart wants. We will keep you posted on further details regarding The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
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