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THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA (2017): Oscar Isaac Cast In Unknown Role

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Oscar Isaac signs on to the cast of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star will play an unknown role in the Steven Spielberg film.

The film, which is set to start production early in 2017, already stars Mark Rylance as Pope Pius IX. Rylance previously worked with Spielberg in the director’s latest movies, Bridge of Spies and The BFG.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara is based on the book of the same name by David Kertzer, with Tony Kushner adapting the novel for the big screen. Set in the 19th Century, the book provides a dramatic account of the seizure of a Jewish child against his parent’s will by Catholic Church authorities:

Bologna, 1858: A police squad, acting on the orders of the Inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor’s house, but her weeping can be heard across the city.

With this terrifying scene — one that would haunt this family forever — David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation of the dramatic kidnapping, and shows how this now obscure saga would eventually contribute to the collapse of the Church’s temporal power in Italy. As Edgardo’s parents desperately search for a way to get their son back, they learn why he–out of all their eight children–was taken.

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