Spielberg To Next Direct 'Raising Arizona' of Papal Dramas, Mark Rylance To Star

April 12, 2016


With Mark Rylance ending up being the only one to win an Oscar for Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg is kicking his Hanks to the curb in favor of some more Rylance action. Deadline reports that Spielberg (executive producer, SeaQuest DSV) is set to re-team with Rylance on The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, a drama that will be the director's next project. First dropped in the Spielberg queue two years ago, the film will see Rylance playing Pius IX. The real-life story focuses on a Jewish boy who, secretly baptized while he was ill, is forcibly taken from his family by the Pope to be raised in the Catholic church. How times have changed! When Cool-Pope Francis abducts a kid now, he just gives them climate change pamphlets.

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