LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amblin Entertainment is having an open casting call for the lead role of Edgardo Mortara in the studio’s upcoming film “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.”
The casting call is set for Sunday, February 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL, 60062. Sign-in begins at 10 a.m. Please only bring one family member with you and a recent photo to leave behind.
Casting directors will be looking for a male, between the ages of 6 and 9. They are looking for someone truly special, gifted, curious and intelligent with a mischievous streak to portray a Jewish Italian boy. No accent needed. The film will shoot in Europe beginning April, 2017.
Steven Spielberg will direct the film which has been adapted for the screen by two time Oscar nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner. Academy Award winner Mark Rylance will star in the historical drama based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer. The project also reunites the Academy Award nominated “Bridge of Spies” producing team of Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger.
Published in 1997, “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” recounts the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
Those who cannot attend this open call can tape an audition at home. Please visit http://www.castittalent.com/TKOEM for instructions. Please note, audition tapes must be submitted by Monday February 13, 2017. Those with questions are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org.