Dopo aver terminato le riprese di Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg dovrebbe tornare rapidamente sul set, già a gennaio 2017, per girare The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, tratto dal romanzo di David Kertzer, adattato per lo schermo da Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Munich, Angels in America).
Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock sounds at the door of the Jewish merchant Momolo Mortara. Two officers of the Inquisition bust inside and seize Mortara’s six-year-old son, Edgardo. As the boy is wrenched from his father’s arms, his mother collapses. The reason for his abduction: the boy had been secretly “baptized” by a family servant. According to papal law, the child is therefore a Catholic who can be taken from his family and delivered to a special monastery where his conversion will be completed.
With this terrifying scene, prize-winning historian David I. Kertzer begins the true story of how one boy’s kidnapping became a pivotal event in the collapse of the Vatican as a secular power. The book evokes the anguish of a modest merchant’s family, the rhythms of daily life in a Jewish ghetto, and also explores, through the revolutionary campaigns of Mazzini and Garibaldi and such personages as Napoleon III, the emergence of Italy as a modern national state. Moving and informative, the Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara reads as both a historical thriller and an authoritative analysis of how a single human tragedy changed the course of history.
Nel cast che Spielberg sta allestendo, ci sarà anche Oscar Isaac, assieme al fidato Mark Rylance.
La carriera di Isaac, già caratterista in moltissimi film, lanciato come protagonista da A proposito di Davis dei Coen e passato attraverso Drive, A most violent year, Ex Machina, Show me a hero e l’ultimo Star Wars – Il risveglio della forza, è ora sulla rampa di lancio.
Tonerà a lavorare con Alex Garland nel prossimo Annihilation, poi in coppia con Christian Bale per il film di Terry George The Promise, quindi per George Clooney in Suburbicon, scritto dai fratelli Coen.