Amblin Announces Casting Call for Title Character in “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara”

Producers Looking for Young Boy for Lead Role in the Steven Spielberg
Directed Film

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Amblin–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

The casting call is set for Sunday, January 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at
One on One Studios, 34 West 27th Street, 11th
floor, New York, 10001. 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 and Italian
boy. No accent needed. The film will shoot in Europe beginning April,

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

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.

If you cannot attend this open call or want to attend in another city,
Those with questions are welcome to email


Amblin Entertainment
Kristin Stark, 818-733-9685