Steven Spielberg Film Casting Search, “THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA”
Steven Spielberg is holding open online auditions / video auditions for the lead, speaking role Edgardo Mortara in his upcoming film, “THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA.” Spielberg and his casting team are seeking a child actor ages 6 to 9 who could play a 6 year old, Jewish Italian boy during the mid 1800s. The casting search is open to English speaking children worldwide and online auditions will be closing soon.
Steven Spielberg is heading up a new film project and the director is on an international talent search for a child actor to take on the lead role in the movie. “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara” is an adaptation of David Kertzer’s novel of the same name. The book follows the true story of a young Jewish boy in 1858 Italy who was secretly baptized by a maid and then kidnapped from his family by the Papal States. He was then raised by the Catholic church and trained as a priest. The story caused outrage in the mid-nineteenth century European political scene. It is also thought that domestic and international outrage against the pontifical state’s actions may have contributed to its downfall amid the unification of Italy.
The film boasts an amazing list of award winners already on board. Steven Spielberg is directing. Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Kushner is writing the screenplay which is based on David Kertzer’s Pulitzer Prize winning book. Oscar winner, Mark Rylance, has been cast as Pope Pius IX. Rylance also has the lead role in the “The BFG.” This will be the third straight film Spielberg and Rylance are working on together. “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara” will film in Europe in 2017 and the role is open to kids matching the description worldwide.
This is one of a few projects that Spielberg is working on. Spielberg has an adaptation of Ready Player One (which also held a talent search for child lead roles earlier this year) that is set to be released in 2018 and he will also be directing Indiana Jones 5 as well. You may also see Auditions for Lead Child Role in Steven Spielberg Film “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” for additional information about the project.
Auditions for Lead Role:
EDGARDO — BOY age 6-9 to play 6. This is a unique & very challenging part for a truly special boy. The story deals w/the complexity of an extremely intelligent & gifted child’s situation – his desire to return to his family & the faith of his ancestors, pitted against his ability to learn the Catechism & engage w/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.
NOTE — Several CD’s are covering THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA, in partnership w/overall CD Ellen Lewis/ UK CD Nina Gold: We (Debbie DeLisi/DeLisi Creative) are covering talent that live in all regions in the US/Canada, EXCEPT for LA (CD Tannis Vallely) & NYC (Rori Bergman). If based in LA or NYC, please submit to Tannis or Rori. If talent is based in any other area — please submit to us below:
SUBMIT — All submissions should go through the casting website: https://www.castittalent.com/TKOEM.
PLEASE FOLLOW STEPS 1 – 5 ON WEBSITE! Many people are not following directions, so please read thoroughly; preferably via a computer & not just your cell phone. Step #2 is very important! It’s where you enter your email so you can receive watermarked SIDES (scene) & other pertinent info! The video clip you send should be him reading the sides (scene), slate & introduction — ALL EXPLAINED in document you will receive via the site, once you enter your email. Please do not send other clips or acting reels. DEADLINE: ASAP!