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Oscar Isaac joins Steven Spielberg’s Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

He's not sulking, he's smoldering (Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
He's not sulking, he's smoldering (Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

The Emmy voters snubbed Show Me A Hero yesterday, though they continued to rubber-stamp nominations for all things Modern Family-related. It’s possible that many of them simply resubmitted last year’s ballot, from which David Simon’s exceptional limited series was absent, because its air date left it out of 2015 Emmy contention. We’re obviously still be a bit sore about it, but Oscar Isaac seems to be doing well. He’s got Star Wars: Episode VIII in the works, and he’s just wrapped production on his second Alex Garland film, Annihilation. Oh, and according to Variety, he’s just signed on to the new Steven Spielberg movie—all in all, not a bad week.

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The film, titled The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, already boasts Oscar winner (no, not that one) Mark Rylance in the cast, who’s almost certainly vying for a shared entry with Spielberg in our Together Again feature. It’s an adaptation of David Kertzer’s book of the same name, about “a Jewish boy in 1858 Italy who is secretly baptized and taken from his family by dastardly Christians.” An attempted family reunion becomes “a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.” Rylance is playing Pope Pius IX, but Isaac’s role is currently unknown.

The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara is something of a passion project for Spielberg, who has been attached for years. But now that Tony Kushner’s finished adapting Kertzer’s book, Spielberg’s announced that he’ll get to work on Edgardo Mortara after Ready Player One.

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