Tuesday, April 12, 2016

They Have a Good Thing Going

Last year, Bridge of Spies proved that Steven Spielberg working with Mark Rylance is some kind of a new black.

For his trouble, the actor won an Oscar (pictured here with the guys) a couple of months ago, you will remember.

Now, the two are teaming up again – with Spielberg’s Lincoln screenwriter, Tony Kushner – to tell the story of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

An adaptation of the book of non-fiction by Pulitzer winner David Kertzer, the fall 2017 project will feature Rylance as Pope Pius IX, and spin the yarn of a young Jewish Bolognese boy in 1858, who is taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. The struggle becomes super-real for the kid’s parents as they go to battle with players including the papacy, democracy fighters, and Italian unification proponents.

Sounds like a doozy.

Up next for the actor and his director, though, is Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG, which is coming out this summer – on July 1, to be precise.

Photo: SBS.com.au.

Update: Guys – this is how rumors get started.

Rylance is also eyeing a part in the adaptation of Ready Player One, opposite Tye Sheridan, which will be directed by Spielberg.

The actor would take on the role of a rich and enigmatic man who promises to make anyone who can solve a massive treasure hunt through a virtual reality system his one and only heir. (I have omitted the particulars of the material because I am not familiar with it.)

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