Title: The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
NYU Affiliation: Non-NYU
EDGARDO — BOY age 6-9 to play 6 years old. This is a unique and very challenging part for a truly special boy. The story deals with the complexity of an extremely intelligent and gifted child's situation – his desire to return to his family and the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism and engage with the Pope on a level far beyond his years. HE SHOULD APPEAR TO BE A JEWISH ITALIAN child. We are not looking for any kind of Italian accent. LEAD.
Steven Spielberg is making a film about the true story of EDGARDO MORTARA - a 6 year old Jewish boy from Bologna who was reported to have been secretly baptized by a maid, and was deemed by the Catholic church therefore to be Christian. Pope Pius IX (to be played by Mark Rylance) decreed that the boy could not remain with his Jewish family. He was seized by the Papal State and taken to the Vatican where his indoctrination into Catholicism began. This was a cause célèbre of mid-nineteenth century European politics and the domestic and international outrage against the pontifical state's actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy. This is an incredible story of real historical relevance.
Please note several CD’s are covering THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA, per overall CD Ellen Lewis: We (Debbie DeLisi/DeLisi Creative) are covering talent that live in all regions in the US/Canada, EXCEPT for LA based actors (CD Tannis Vallely) & NYC based actors (Rori Bergman). If your talent is based in LA or NYC, submit to Tannis or Rori. If your talent is based in any other area — please submit to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Email email@example.com. Subject line: EDGARDO SUBMISSION / Name of boy, your agency, city/state. Body of email: Your agency contact info, boys name/age/d.o.b, city/state of residence, along w/current non retouched photos. If you want to include a brief introduction, bio or resume, please do! Edgar needs to be highly intelligent…. please note any related, special, or fun facts so we get to know him!