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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Steven Spielberg’s already-full plate just got a little more crowded: The celebrated director is currently developing a religious drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

Spielberg may not direct the drama, according to Variety — but he does plan to have a hand in producing. The Oscar winner is currently wrapped up in two potential projects that may take precedence over Edgardo: Robopocalypse and another historical drama, Montezuma.

The film would be co-produced by DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co and the script, based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book, comes from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Kertzer’s book tells the true story of an Italian Jew who became controversial after being taken from his parents at age 7, eventually being raised as Catholic and becoming a priest.

The project would reunite Kushner and Spielberg, who worked together on two previous historical projects, Lincoln and Munich. Though casting has not been formally announced, Thor’s Chris Hemsworth is reportedly attached to star, despite the fact he is currently filming Avengers: The Age of Ultron.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
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