Steven Spielberg is looking for a young “gifted,” “curious” and “mischievous” boy to play the lead role in a historical drama he’s preparing to direct about a Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy, in 1858 who is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian.
If you think you or your kid has the acting chops necessary to impress one of America’s greatest directors, you should show up for an audition this coming Sunday.
“The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” based on the 1997 book of the same name, details parents’ struggle to free their son, which becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
Amblin Entertainment has scheduled an open casting call in Los Angeles this coming Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Jewish University’s Colen Conference Hall, 15600 Mulholland Drive.
Casting directors will be searching for a 6- to 9-year-old — “someone truly special, gifted, curious and intelligent with a mischievous streak” — to portray a Jewish and Italian boy in the film that will begin shooting in Europe in April. No accent is needed, they say.
Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) will co-star in the historical drama based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner David Kertzer, which was adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner.
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–City News Service
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