Label Rylance To Play Pope In Spielberg Film

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:25 PM

The British star has already appeared in two of the director's films but is presently reportedly set to play Pope Pius IX.

Label Rylance To Play Pope In Spielberg Film

Oscar winner Label Rylance is to play Pope Pius IX in Steven Spielberg's new film, according to reports.

The pair have already collaborated on Bridge of Spies and The BFG, which is due for release this summer.

Rylance was named best supporting actor for his role in the Freezing War espionage thriller.

The upcoming project, titled The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, tells the true legend of a youthful Jewish boy who, in the mid-19th century, was forcibly taken from his Italian parents to be raised a Christian.

The ensuing struggle pitted the Catholic Church against modernising forces in Italy at the time and became a cause celebre that attracted attention across the Western world.

The 56-year-old is understood to be poised to play Pope Pius IX, who refused to return the boy to his parents.

Spielberg is expected to start filming in early 2017.

Rylance has also won plaudits for his turn as Thomas Cromwell in the two thousand fifteen hit BBC series Wolf Hall.

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