The first collaboration between acclaimed stage and screen actor Mark Rylance and legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies, was a profitable one. Rylance won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and Bridge of Spies itself was nominated for Best Picture, in no small part due to the masterful performances of Rylance and Tom Hanks.
Now, it has been reported that Spielberg and Rylance are teaming up again for a project titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Far removed from the shadowy setting of the Cold War, the new project will take Rylance back to the 19th Century and thrust him into the morally-dubious halls of the Vatican as Pope Pius IX.
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara follows the true story of a young Italian Jew who was at the centre of a scandal when, in 1858, he was taken from his parents and raised by the Papacy to become a Catholic priest.
Very little is known about the details of the narrative, but sources suggest that Spielberg intends to begin shooting early next year for a late release in 2017. This is yet another film lined up by Spielberg, whose schedule includes a 2018 release for Ready Player One and a 2019 release for a 5th Indiana Jones film.
In the meantime, we can observe as Rylance transfers his talent to the realms of CGI for another Spielberg collaboration: The BFG. The latest trailer for The BFG can be viewed below.